Community Day of Service- 22 Years and Counting


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announce the 22nd Annual Community Day of Service will take place on Saturday, April 12. Registration will begin in the lower level of the MCLA Church Street Center at 9:30 a.m., to be followed by an official welcome and assignments to work teams and projects. 

For more than 20 years, MCLA and the local community have come together to clean up and improve our community. ~The scope and type of projects have evolved over the years, and the number of people who come out for the day to make North Adams a better place to live has increased significantly.

In this 22nd year, the focus will be on community health and wellness. With the support of Mass In Motion and Amanda Chilson, Mass in Motion project coordinator with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, we will tackle projects along the City walking loop and tie a theme of wellness into the day's activities.

As the backbone of the effort, MCLA student volunteers - including individual volunteers, members of clubs, groups or athletic teams - will join community volunteers, local leaders, and civic organizations to include: Art About Town, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Boy Scout Troop 88, Price Chopper, Big Y, Roger Eurbin and the Hillside Cemetery project and the Windsor Lake Commission.

Also joining this year's effort will be Mayor Richard Alcombright, State Rep. Gail Carridi, D-North Adams, Drury High School students, MCLA faculty and staff, North Adams' city councilors, the City of North Adams DPW, Allied Waste, North Adams Chamber of Commerce Board members, as well as individual members of the community.  Although many of the teams will use their own transportation, some of the volunteers will be transported to work sites in vehicles provided by Dufor Bus, MCLA, North Adams Public Schools, BerkshireRides and the City of North Adams.

The effort was organized with the support of Mayor Alcombright and MCLA President Mary K. Grant, The North Adams Chamber of Commerce, Tom Lennon and Allied Waste, Paul Markland and the North Adams DPW, Mass in Motion, as well as new organizers Chilson and Ben Lamb, assistant director for student involvement at Williams College and North Adams City Councilor.

To sign up to volunteer, contact Spencer Moser, or (413) 662-5251. To share project ideas, contact Glenn Maloney, Walk-ins are welcome.