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Edinboro University students will be out in force Saturday ‘committing’ random acts of kindness!


If you’re in Edinboro Saturday, you’ll likely witness many random acts of kindness! Several hundred Edinboro University students will be out in the community taking part in the University’s annual Random Acts of Kindness in Edinboro (R.A.K.E.) program.

R.A.K.E. will be held on National Make-a-Difference Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will rake and bag fallen leaves, doing general fall yard clean-up at homes throughout the Borough of Edinboro. Priority is always given to elderly and disabled residents.

“First, we will be raking the lawns of elderly and disabled residents who called to request assistance,” said Dr. Melissa Gibson, Edinboro’s Community Outreach director.  “Once we’ve accommodated those individuals, then we’ll rake the lawns of others who have called.”  Gibson said that once all requests have been satisfied, students will knock on doors, asking if residents need assistance raking their lawns.

On Saturday, Edinboro University Community Outreach Center staffers will set up a check-in station near the Clock Tower at the corner of Normal and Meadville Streets. Volunteering students be sent out in two shifts, one from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and the other from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

According to Corey Roberts McGrath, graduate assistant for the Community Outreach Center, the service project is designed to reach as many Edinboro residents as possible in a single day.

“We usually have about 250 volunteers, so they can cover quite a few houses in a day,” Roberts McGrath said.

R.A.K.E has become a popular annual event for many of the University’s student clubs and organizations.

“This is a great way for student clubs and organizations to give back to the community of Edinboro,” said Christine Gerlock, who is serving the Edinboro area for a year as an Americorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). “We look forward to having students serve the community.” 

Student participation and volunteerism for the annual community service day is campus-wide, including individual students, members of Greek organizations and the many campus clubs and organizations.

(Note to news directors, photo, video and assigning editors: Great video, art and interview opportunities during this annual fall event! The best times to interview Community Outreach Center officials will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. at the Clock Tower. Groups of students can be found throughout the community during the event hours. For more information, please call the Community Outreach Center at 814-732-1720. )