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Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates Day of Service is April 28

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Scores of Keuka College students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends fanned out across Yates County for an afternoon of giving back during the 2018 installment of Celebrate Service ... Celebrate Yates. Above, Oliesha Jackson '18 and Laura Sprague '19 pick up yard debris at the John Costello American Legion Post 355.

The 22nd annual Celebrate Service…Celebrate Yates (CSCY) is set for Sunday, April 28.

Planned by a team from Keuka College, the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, and community members, CSCY is a day of volunteering to help a variety of non-profit organizations, agencies, and citizens throughout Yates County. 

Registration for CSCY is now open and runs through Friday, March 29. Volunteers who pre-register by March 29 will receive a 2019 CSCY T-shirt at check-in, and may also request courtesy transportation to their assigned work site. Participants may also request assignments with other members of their student team, group, or club, but must indicate their group on the sign-up form by March 29. Any/all members of a student group, team, or club must sign up as individuals and note their group affiliation on the form. 

Volunteers who walk in on the day of the event are welcome to participate, but are not guaranteed a T-shirt, and will be assigned individual work placements. 

As this storied tradition of service to the region’s youth camps, churches, cemeteries, libraries, fire departments, and other community organizations continues, non-profits within Yates County are encouraged to register online to receive volunteers on the Day of Service. The deadline to become a 2019 CSCY work site is Friday, March 29. 

Prior to volunteer work on April 28, a courtesy brunch will be offered in the Geiser Dining Commons in Keuka College’s Dahlstrom Student Center between 11 a.m.-12:50 p.m. A brief kickoff ceremony to celebrate the spirit of the day and recognize supporting sponsors will begin at 1 p.m. outside Dahlstrom before volunteers depart for work sites. Work should conclude around 4:30 p.m.

This year’s event will again include the opportunity to participate in the Bundle Up Yates collection drive. New or gently used winter wear (including coats, hats, and mittens) can be donated on campus in the final two weeks leading up to CSCY. All items collected will be distributed to local families in need in fall 2019. 

For more information on how to join your friends and neighbors in benefiting non-profit agencies across Yates County, click here.

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