Spartan Service Day Recap

Spartan Service Day was held last weekend as part of President Pamela Gunter-Smith’s inauguration activities.

This was the first time York College has offered its students a large-scale citywide community service opportunity.

During the presidential interview process, Gunter-Smith (also known as Dr. G-S) learned that students truly wanted to see more of a connection with the York community, thus resulting in Spartan Service Day, as well as other planned community outreach.

Students, faculty and staff started the day on campus and then walked the Rail Trail to downtown York where a kickoff was held on Continental Square, which included a brief address from Dr. G-S and Mayor Kim Bracey. Volunteers were then divided and transported to service sites throughout the city. Projects ranged from raking and mulching, to cleaning toys, to the organization of Little League supplies. The day concluded back on campus with a dinner of appreciation for the volunteers. 

Fast Facts

  • 220 students, faculty and staff volunteered
  • 13 services sites throughout the City participated and offered opportunities for the volunteers
  • Dr. G-S and her husband, J.L., participated and completed service at Martin Library and First Presbyterian Church
  • 4 buses and a van transported students to locations all over the City of York
  • Downtown Inc provided cider and donuts at the kickoff on Continental Square

Service Locations/Organizations

  • York Revolution
  • Garden Club of York
  • Martin Library
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • York Housing Authority
  • Stick N Move Boxing
  • Access York
  • Olivia's House
  • Lehman Center for Children
  • York Food Bank
  • Newton Square Neighborhood Association
  • Lincoln Charter School Hope Garden
  • York Little League Association