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10/17/94

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Haas Center at Stanford to coordinate annual day of service

STANFORD -- The Stanford Volunteer Network will stage "Reach Out Today ¹94," on Saturday, Oct. 29. The daylong community service event sends nearly 800 Stanford student volunteers to 26 local organizations.

Students sign up individually or in groups from residences to work on projects, including organizing an outing for children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Belmont; planting and caring for young oak trees in the foothills with Magic Inc. in Palo Alto; sorting donated food at the San Francisco Food Bank; and visiting with elderly residents at the Adlai Stevenson House in Palo Alto.

The objective of Reach Out Today is to involve as many Stanford students as possible in a concerted, one-day effort to contribute to the surrounding community, and to raise awareness among students about volunteer opportunities and encourage long- term commitments to public service.

The Stanford Volunteer Network will supplement the one-day service projects with educational programs in student residences from Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Wednesday, Nov. 2. Representatives from local volunteer organizations, along with experienced Stanford volunteers, will give presentations about social problems, such as poverty, homelessness and the environment, and will suggest ways that Stanford students can get involved.

Reach Out Today is one of the major annual service initiatives of the Stanford Volunteer Network, a voluntary student organization that promotes public service among the Stanford community.

The Stanford Volunteer Network is one of the many student organizations housed at the Haas Center for Public Service, established in 1984.

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