Through Their Lens: National Gandhi Day of Service 2013

More than 600 University of Miami students participated in the annual Gandhi Day of Service by helping out in the local community.

From UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 17, 2013) — They fanned out across the area, some 600-strong, to places that had a need – local parks, schools, nonprofits – to clean, paint, help with chores and pick up stuff.

The University of Miami students participated in the National Gandhi Day of Service – the largest service day at UM – on Saturday, October 12, first gathering at the Student Center Complex before heading out to 24 sites throughout Miami-Dade County.

The 637 students helped children start a garden at a local school, painted the house of an elderly woman, volunteered at parks and put on a small carnival for a group of children. For some UM students it was their first time volunteering in the community; for others an annual event where they look to give back. The University has been involved with the National Gandhi Day of Service for 11 years.

“It was very fulfilling,” said Vidhya Krishnan, a senior majoring in neuroscience and religion who was co-chair of the service event.

“I do think we really did achieve our purpose – being able to give back to the community and showing some of our students that they can go out and make a difference,” she said.

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Through Their Lens: UM News asked students to submit photos from the event, which are showcased in the photo gallery to the left.

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