Annual Day of Service

St. David’s 7th Annual Day of Service  – It’s Our turn!

April 6, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Register for service project

The Day of Service was envisioned as a way for us to get out into the community and give back in a variety of service projects, but just for this year, in keeping with our very successful capital campaign theme, “It’s Our Turn,” we are going to do some projects around the St. David’s campus.

We will begin our day with breakfast and prayer in Sumners Hall at 8:30 a.m. Afterward, from 9 a.m. to about noon, we’ll break into groups with project leaders to work all around the building. Then we will reassemble in Sumners for lunch served by the Vestry, and enjoy music by the Spring Chickens. Please read the descriptions below and sign up for the one you’d like to try. There are projects for all ages and abilities. If you have questions, please email Alison Riemersma, ariemersma@austinseminary.edu.

1. Day School Landscaping – 10-15 volunteers

The Day School playground needs our help! Folks can do one or more of several projects: spreading jellybean rubber mulch (doesn’t that sound fun?!), weeding a big planter and another bed and filling them with dirt so day school kids can plant plants and seeds, moving some heavy planters from the labyrinth, and doing some other cleaning and planting. This project needs strong arms, and it’s also great for the smallest helpers. Volunteers will need to bring rakes, shovels, at least one wheelbarrow, and work gloves. Dirt, mulch, and other assorted supplies will be provided.

2. Labyrinth Planting and Tile Washing – 10-15 volunteers

This crew will be doing some weeding and planting in the labyrinth gardens, and you guessed it, washing the actual labyrinth tiles with a soap that is safe for the lovely moss that has grown between them. If you look down at the labyrinth from the second floor windows, you will see that the tiles have been blackened by street dust such that it is difficult to tell the path of the labyrinth. With your help, it will be good as new! This project is good for kids of all ages who would enjoy getting a little wet and soapy. Garden gloves would be helpful, but otherwise no supplies needed.

3. Library Reorganization – 5-7 volunteers

Is there a librarian in the house? A few serious organizers are needed to re-categorize books/shelves in the library and clean out some cabinets. This project will be better for adults, and possibly good for those who need to sit rather than stand. Books may need to be moved from shelf to shelf, and some of this can be done seated. No supplies needed.

4. Youth Room Reorganization – 10-15 volunteers

Jenny Campbell will lead the youth and a big group of volunteers in cleaning and reorganizing the youth room(s). New shelving will be installed, provided by St. D. This project will be better for adults and middle school to older youth. No supplies needed.

5. Program Closet Reorganization – 5 volunteers

There are many generations of “stuff” in the program closet near the staff offices on the second floor. A small, but discerning group of adult volunteers is needed to install or fix shelving and get rid of unused items. No supplies needed.

6. Trinity Center – 10-15 volunteers

Your help is needed to help switch and organize clothes in the closet from winter to summer. This project will be better for adults and older youth. No supplies needed.

7. Next to New – 12-15 volunteers

Ulrike has lots for folks to do this year! If the weather permits, there will be some painting outside. She would like to brighten the intake area downstairs with new paint, and there will of course be plenty of deep cleaning and organizing to do. Please wear work clothes and bring gloves. All other supplies will be provided. This project is good for older kids if accompanied by parents, adults, and might work for those who need to remain seated. Those who sign up for this project can go directly to Next to New by 9 a.m. Ulrike will have breakfast tacos and coffee for everyone.

To volunteer for any of these project, please register online.
If you need additional assistance registering, please email frontdesk@stdave.org.