Global Days of Service
Walden’s annual Global Days of Service is an opportunity for the Walden community to make an impact in neighborhoods around the world and advance the university’s mission of positive social change.
Members of the Walden community generously donate their time and expertise to serve their neighbors in need, as they experience firsthand the impact they can make in the lives of others. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff contribute to community projects serving schools, food banks, community centers, and much more.
In 2022, we moved our Global Days of Service to the Spring in alignment with Adtalem Global Education’s Month of Service.
2022 Global Days of Service Recap
Thank you to everyone who participated in Walden’s 2022 Global Days of Service! You play a vital role in bringing our social change mission to life through our call to service during this special time across the university.
In the spring of 2022, we volunteered over 700 hours with more than 100 volunteers at over 42 organizations.
The Center for Social Change hosted four events in Columbia, Maryland, San Antonio, Texas, Tempe Arizona, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 55 Walden University colleagues gathered at the Columbia, Maryland office to pack kits filled with essential household supplies, including travel-size soap, laundry, and dishwasher detergents. Walden Volunteers also created colorful welcome-home signs for the United Way of Central Maryland’s Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention (STEP) program, a new initiative that provides rental assistance to households in target ZIP codes that have both high rates of COVID and high rates of poverty. In addition, the Walden team created bookmarks to go along with the books given to students as part of the charity’s book drive. Colleagues also created cards and bookmarkers for the terminally ill children at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
We had 55 staff volunteer at the Columbia, Maryland office for a total of 226 hours. Colleagues assembled over 100 Welcome Home Kits and created over 300 cards and bookmarkers.
San Antonio, Texas:
On Thursday, April 28th, 21 Walden University colleagues gathered at the San Antonio Food Bank in San Antonio, Texas to help sort and pack boxes of food to help fight back hunger in Southwest Texas.
We had 21 staff volunteer at the San Antonio Food Bank. Staff volunteered a total of 42 hours. The team packed 960 boxes totaling 14,752 lbs. of food.
On Thursday, April 28th, 22 Walden University faculty and staff gathered at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Tempe, Arizona. Employees packed emergency food boxes for families in Arizona and worked on the assembly line.
We had 22 faculty and staff volunteer at the St. Mary's Food Bank. Colleagues volunteered a total of 44 hours. 2880 boxes were packed for families in need.
St. Paul, Minnesota:
On Friday, April 29th, 15 Walden University faculty and staff gathered at Crossroads Elementary School in St. Paul, MN to clean up the school's two courtyards. Due to COVID, both courtyards had not been touched since 2019. As Crossroads operates on a year-round calendar, the outdoor space is important to students to utilize in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Employees raked leaves, removed debris, cleaned up planters for the student's gardening project, washed windows, and laid down fresh mulch.
We had 15 Walden University faculty and staff volunteer at Crossroads Elementary. Each faculty and staff volunteered for 6 hours. Including event preparation and setup time, we volunteered a total of 90 hours to Crossroads Elementary. The courtyards are an important space for students to enjoy the outdoors. Students go to the courtyards to read and learn outside throughout the school year during the warmer months. Unfortunately, the only way the courtyards can be maintained is through an outside contractor or volunteers. We were able to provide the cleanup services to restore the courtyard just in time for warmer weather in Minnesota.