Local Service Days
While we do amazing work in our host communities abroad, SSA also recognizes the great need for service here in the U.S. In an effort to address this need, SSA is launching a Domestic Service Pledge of 500 hours for this Academic Year. All Smithsonian Student Adventures alumni students, parents, teachers, leaders, and fans can contribute hours by participating in a service event.
SSA will sponsor events during popular service days, such as MLK Day of Service and Earth Day, where members of the SSA community will volunteer with a local organization. These events will not only provide assistance to worthy causes but will also serve as mini-reunions where you can reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Most importantly, we hope to inspire you to continue actively serving your community throughout the year.
Denver Hosts: TBD
Denver Project: Garden Court Community Holiday Party
Address: 1150 Syracuse St Denver, CO 80220
Organization: Rocky Mountain Communities
Mission: Rocky Mountain Communities’ mission is to develop, own, and manage affordable housing and to provide support services to help individuals succeed in life. Rocky Mountain Communities believes that affordable housing is where people live their lives.
What We Will Do: Assist with set up, craft booths and clean up for the Holiday Party at the Garden Court. The party will be for children ages 1-17. The center will provide all craft materials. Young children will receive gifts from Toys for Tots. We can provide additional help by bringing a $10-20 gift card to Target, WalMart, iTunes, or Kohl’s for older children or healthy snacks for all to share. SSA will provide lunch for all volunteers who sign up.
Portland Host: TBD
Portland Project: SOLVE Neighborhood Clean Up
Address: 115 NW 22nd Ave Portland, OR 97210
Mission: SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together proud Oregonians (native and newly-transplanted) to improve the environment and to build a legacy of stewardship. Through volunteering and education, we make connections between individuals, businesses, and service and conservation groups, making a stronger tomorrow for this place we all love.
What We Will Do: Remove litter, garbage, and graffiti from an assigned neighborhood. SSA will provide lunch for all volunteers who sign up.