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Registration Still Open for Good Neighbor Day

By Antonya Huntenburg da Silva

The University of Maryland, the City of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host the 12th annual Good Neighbor Day from 8:30 a.m to noon Oct. 21.

Good Neighbor Day is a collaborative partnership that brings together residents of College Park and surrounding communities with UMD students, staff, faculty and alums for a day of service. Volunteer registration closes 11:59 p.m on Oct. 15.

“Our partners and collaborators have transformed Good Neighbor Day into more than just volunteer projects one day a year,” said Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, founder and director of the Office of Community Engagement. “Good Neighbor Day is a culmination of connections nurtured year-round between our community partners and collaborators.”

This year, volunteers will participate in service projects and workshops in College Park, Berwyn Heights, Hyattsville, Langley Park, New Carrollton and other neighborhoods focused on sustainability, food security, preserving local history and intergenerational connection.

In addition to planting planting pollinator gardens, picking up litter, and removing invasive plant species, volunteers will participate in numerous new service projects, including transcribing oral histories with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, as well as preparing and distributing hundreds of free meals with Virtual X Kitchen and the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

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