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JMU Community Gives Back to Local Community

by Mary-Hope Vass


Media Advisory

Alumni, faculty, staff, and current students at James Madison University (JMU) are lending a helping hand during the week of Homecoming.

In a new partnership with the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, volunteers will be assembling kits for individuals experiencing homelessness in the Harrisonburg community. One set of kits will contain hygiene items and will be distributed to guests at the Open Doors thermal homeless shelter this winter. A second set of kits will contain first aid materials and will be given to those visiting the Suitcase Clinic.

This idea was developed after alumni volunteered at a food pantry, while attending the championship football game in Frisco, TX. The turnout was so great, it was determined to create a JMU Day of Service at their “home field” during the week of Homecoming.

The JMU Alumni Association, Community Service-Learning, and the MBA programs, along with the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are sponsoring this event.

To schedule an interview, or for additional information, please contact Caitlyn Read, associate director of University Communications, at readcl@jmu.eduor 540-568-5325.

Note to media: Please respond if you will be in attendance and what time you will be at this event. You are invited to come on Friday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on the third floor of D-Hall.


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Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Last Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2020

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