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Calling All Houses Into Service

Whether they are volunteering at a nearby food bank farm or hosting a walk to raise money for the victims of the Pakistan earthquake, Smith students and their house communities are responding to President Carol Christ’s invitation to take part in community service and sustainability initiatives throughout the year.

Hopkins House, which plans to center much of its community service on the theme of food and hunger, is among the participants. The group activity was a logical choice, according to organizers, since Hopkins is a cooperative whose residents share the responsibilities for purchasing food and preparing house meals.

Each participating house must complete a portfolio by April to showcase all completed and future community service projects for the academic year. A committee of faculty and students will evaluate the portfolios in such areas as quality and longevity of service as well as overall engagement of the house community. Outstanding houses will receive a donation for an agency or charitable organization of their choice. For more information, contact Tiertza-Leah Schwartz, director of voluntary services, or Hannah Durrant, assistant director of residence life at Smith.

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