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Good Neighbor Day, Returning in Hybrid Format, Seeks Volunteers

By Maryland Today Staff

Good Neighbor Day, an annual event that brings together the College Park community to beautify shared spaces, educate and engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in Greater College Park, has been rescheduled for Nov. 7.

The organizers—the University of Maryland, the city of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission—are recruiting volunteers.

Postponed from early April by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming event will feature 10 in-person service projects (emphasizing physical distancing) and 13 virtual workshops throughout Greater College Park.

In-person events will take place in the morning and call for removing trash and invasive plants in gardens and on bike trails and other properties. The virtual workshops will run throughout the day via Zoom and will focus on topics including financial education, healthy eating and mental health during the pandemic, and finding your voice following the Nov. 3 presidential election. Find the full list through the Office of Community Engagement website.

Good Neighbor Day will also feature a food drive at the Ikea, 10100 Baltimore Ave., from 8 a.m-1 p.m. that day. Donations of clear, canned and boxed nonperishable food and drink items will benefit the Campus Pantry and College Park Community Food Bank.

Those who can’t make it but want to help can request a bag to be delivered this week, then place their donations inside. The bag can be picked up by volunteers the following week, or dropped off at the Ikea on Nov. 7.

For more information, visit goodneighborday.umd.edu.

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