part of Pomona Outreach to the World (Pow!) on April 13, more than 130
alumni took up hammer or paintbrush to work on community service projects
in neighborhoods around the world. Alumni in eight regional communities,
including London, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., contributed
time and energy to a variety of projects. On the same day students, faculty,
and administrators participated in projects in and around Claremont.
We never imagined 2002 would be this successful, said Andrew
Sheppard 99, who co-chairs the Alumni Associations Student-Alumni
Relations Committee with Brian Leslie 99. When the Alumni
Board gave us a green light, our original goal was to test the project
for alumni in a few select regions. Little did we know that requests from
the regions would enable us to open it to everyone.
This year, alumni in Washington, D.C., worked to restore the facility
for a neighborhood after-school program, while New York alumni served
food at a rescue mission. In the Southland, alumni worked with homeless
youth, sorted donations at the L.A. Food Bank, and worked to beautify
a transitional home for women and children. In San Francisco, Boston,
and Sacramento, volunteers planted trees and worked on landscaping projects.
And in London and Seattle, alumni worked on Habitat for Humanity projects.
Since its creation as a student program in 1997, Pomona Outreach to the
World, an annual event that matches willing volunteers to local nonprofit
projects, has reached communities around the globe. The Alumni Association
joined the program in 2001.
For information about next years Pomona Outreach to the World program,
contact the Alumni Office at (909) 621-8110, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.