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Students turn out for Service Day

The solar panels dwarf students working at the Solar Strand. Photo: DOUGLAS LEVERE

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Published: May 3, 2012

More than 175 UB students volunteered across the Buffalo Niagara region on Tuesday as part of the university’s Pride and Service Day.

The biggest gathering of students, at least 100, was at UB’s Solar Strand, where students planted shrubs, leveled gravel in walkways and capped pipes to make the 750-kilowatt installation more pedestrian friendly. The Solar Strand, located near the Flint Road entrance on the North Campus, will produce enough power for hundreds of student apartments and help UB achieve its goal of becoming a climate-neutral institution.

Students also volunteered at Autistic Services Inc., which offers programs and services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Benedict House, which provides housing and services for persons living with AIDS; and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, which promotes, restores and maintains the Olmsted parks and parkways in Buffalo.

Other service sites included Compass House, which provides shelter and services to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth; Friends of the Night People, an organization that helps the poor and homeless in Buffalo; Garden in the Sun; and Keep Western New York Beautiful, a group that strives to make the region greener through hands-on environmental stewardship and education.

Also, Project Naomi, where volunteers assist seniors and physically disabled individuals with day-to-day tasks; Riverside Planters, a nonprofit group devoted to planting trees and creating a community garden in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo; and Vive Inc., a refugee shelter on the West Side of Buffalo.

UB Pride and Service Day, which began in 2005, is designed as a way for students to show their school spirit and make a difference, both on and off the campus.