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Haas Center to break ground for new building June 2
STANFORD-- The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University will break ground for its new building in ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, in front of Owen House on the Stanford campus.
A short program featuring Stanford President Donald Kennedy, major donors and students will begin at 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Kennedy established the Haas Center in 1983 to serve as the focal point for local, national and international voluntary student efforts. Today, 70 percent of undergraduates say they have engaged in public service during their Stanford careers (up from 49 percent in 1984). Together, they contribute more than 70,000 volunteers to the community each academic year.
More than 400 agencies, many in the local communities, work with these Stanford students. The center has developed a significant partnership with the Ravenswood Elementary School District in East Palo Alto.
Among the Haas Center's other accomplishments:
The Haas Center began with a single office in Owen House, quickly grew to occupy the entire building and then exceeded its capacity.
The new 14,000-square-foot building will ensure that student organizations and university-run programs promoting volunteerism have a permanent home on the Stanford campus.
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