September 27, 2018, Miami, Florida – More than 40 Barry University students and staff members recently performed public service in honor of the victims and survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The projects were designed to improve food access and to alleviate homelessness in Miami and Dade County.
At the Urban GreenWorks Cerasee Farm in Liberty City, Florida, volunteers helped staff to prepare for the planting season. They landscaped, planted saplings, and removed invasive species.
A nonprofit organization, Urban GreenWorks manages environmental and food-security projects that benefit underserved communities in South Florida. Cerasee Farm serves as an outdoor classroom, providing hands-on experience in urban agriculture and organic produce for the community.
At Miami Beach Community Church, a smaller group of volunteers sorted, cleaned, and packed items that had been donated for a silent action to raise funds for the church’s homeless assistance project. The church serves lunch to homeless individuals every Tuesday through Friday and provides medical and hygiene assistance and access to social services.
Asha Starks, a Florida Campus Compact AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) member based in Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives, coordinated the university’s participation in the Day of Service.
Republished from the September 24, 2018, issue of Barry’s Community Engagement News.