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Stanford students serving the community on Halloween

STANFORD -- On Oct. 31, hundreds of Stanford students will volunteer thousands of hours for Bay Area agencies as a part of the ninth annual campus- wide service day called "Reach Out Today."

The goal of "Reach Out Today" is to give Stanford students a taste of public service and to educate them, on a personal level, about issues that affect both the local and the national community.

The 40 projects designed by agencies and organized by Stanford dormitories include:

  • Paloma House residents will celebrate Halloween with senior citizens by decorating, entertaining and serving food at Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Contact Lanita Allen at 415-324-7572.
  • Residents of Branner and Soto houses will paint and spruce up the exterior of a house for homeless teenagers at the Catholic Worker House, 545 Cassia St., Redwood City, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Linda Henegahn at 415- 366-4415.
  • Arroyo, Loro and Synergy residents will organize a kitchen and serve food at a San Jose homeless shelter with Innvision (formerly San Jose Urban Ministry), 44 South Fifth St., from 9 3 p.m. Contact Sally Bennett at 408-292-4286.
  • Gavilan, Alondra and Larkin residents will clean up Palo Alto and East Palo Alto marshlands in ecologically critical areas with the City of Palo Alto- Open Spaces and Sciences from 9 noon. Contact Senior Ranger Gordon C. Baillie at 415-496-6997.
  • Residents of Donner and Casa Zapata will assemble and paint bunkbeds in an old military barracks for children to sleep at the Headlands Institute, Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Sausalito, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Contact Michele Perrone at 415-332-5771.

A week of dorm-based education programs on topics related to projects will precede the Saturday of "Reach Out Today." Speakers will address how the upcoming presidential elections will affect the agenda for the environment, how homelessness affects the mentally ill, children and veterans, and how modern politics affects public service.

"Reach Out Today" is sponsored by the Stanford Volunteer Network, a student-run organization located in the Haas Center for Public Service, which promotes public service opportunities on the Stanford campus. Through such programs, more than 70 percent of Stanford undergraduates participate in service during their college careers.


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