University of Guelph students will help at a tree nursery and a donkey sanctuary this month as they take a break from exam stress and assist their local community through Project Serve.
Led by U of G’s Student Volunteer Connections in the Experiential Learning Hub, Project Serve is an opportunity for U of G students to gain volunteer experience and connections with local service agencies and non-profit organizations.
For more than 20 years, the initiative has seen more than 6,000 students contribute over 18,000 hours of volunteer work in the Guelph-Wellington area and put the University’s “Improve Life” theme into practice.
Care for trees with Green Legacy
Green Legacy was created in 2004 to plant 150,000 trees to celebrate Wellington County’s 150th birthday. Now, the program will celebrate the planting of more than 3 million trees, reinforcing it as the “largest municipal tree planting program in North America,” all while establishing a healthy forest cover and creating green infrastructure for the county.
Recognized by the United Nations as part of the Billion Tree Campaign in 2010, and an inspiration for the province-wide tree planting initiative, Green Legacy plants mostly native tree and shrub species, including silver maple, black walnut and Kentucky coffee trees.
Reopen the Donkey Sanctuary
On April 24, volunteers will visit the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) in Puslinch, Ont., to help the organization reopen for the summer by cleaning out barns, preparing the fields and trails, and organizing the visitor centre.
Incorporated in 1992, the DSC homes 222 unwanted, neglected or abused donkeys, mules and hinnies while promoting responsible animal welfare through education. The DSC is modelled after the sanctuary in Great Britain and is an accredited sanctuary with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
To learn more about Project Serve or its upcoming events, students are invited to follow U of G Experiential Learning on Instagram and Twitter. Project Serve events are also posted on GryphLife and on the Student Volunteer Connections webpage.