More than 540 first-year Hamline students spent the morning before the first day of classes volunteering at local organizations and learning more about how to get involved in the community they just joined.
City Serve is an annual event that aims to introduce students to the vibrant and diverse communities in the Hamline-Midway area and beyond. It also underscores the strong value Hamline places on service and civic engagement. Students volunteered at local nonprofits in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and in particular, the Hamline-Midway area. Activities ranged from stocking food shelves, helping with an outdoor restoration project at Como Park, and learning about how to become an engaged citizen on the local and state levels. Hamline partnered with organizations such as Store-to-Door, Citizens League, Como Lily Pond Restoration Project, Minnesota Secretary of State's Voter Outreach Program, and Hamline United Methodist Church to give students these opportunities.
Watch the video from last year's City Serve below and find out more about civic engagement efforts on the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice's web page