More than 500 student volunteers will clear the yards of local seniors and disabled residents this Saturday, Nov. 17th, as part of the annual Shake-A-Rake community cleanup program.
The students – representing organizations such as athletics, club sports, fraternities and sororities, commuters, and student government –will rake leaves at 54 homes and two community centers in the Hempstead and Uniondale communities that surround the Hofstra University campus.
“Our neighbors as well as local civic leaders tell me year after year what a great service the students are providing,” said Anita Ellis, director of Commuting Student Services and Community Outreach and coordinator of Shake-A-Rake. “I’m always so proud of how much heart and soul our student body puts into this initiative.”
This year’s effort will be divided into two sessions, with 270 volunteers working from 9-11 am and another 270 taking the noon to 2 pm shift. Both groups will first meet in HofUSA for assignments and supplies.
The annual program aims to connect Hofstra University with those in need in the surrounding community. Shake-A-Rake has grown every year since it first began in 2009 with 50 students volunteering at six houses. Last year’s turnout of 815 students from 62 campus organization set a new volunteer record.