Gonzaga Day Service Projects

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Gonzaga Day Service Projects

Service to others is the backbone to Gonzaga's mission. This year, we are excited to team up with local organizations for a focused day of service with fellow Zags! 

Locations: Boston | Canada | Denver | Eugene | Los Angeles | Minnesota | New York | North Carolina | North Idaho | Phoenix | San Diego | San Francisco | San Joaquin | Seattle | Spokane | Wenatchee

Don't see a service project in your area? Start one! email Drew Rieder- riederd@gonzaga.edu for details. 


Boston - Paulist Center Supper Club

Help prepare and serve a meal to approximately 200 people at Paulist Center Supper Club. 

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

Location: Paulist Center Supper Club, 5 Park St., Boston, MA 0210

Service Project Contact: Eric Mendoza eric.r.mendoza84@gmail.com


Calgary, Canada - Pastoral Diocesan

We will have GU swag for sale at the Gonzaga Day Game watch, with profits going to the St. Mary's Feed the Hungry Program at the Pastoral Diocesan. 


Denver - VA Hospital

The Denver Chapter is excited to collect and assemble care packages for patients at the VA hospital. We are asking folks to bring a quantity of 10-15 items from the list outlined below. Each person who brings supplies to contribute will get a free beer courtesy of the Pub on Pearl! The stuffing party starts at 6 with a game watch to follow with special Zag food and drink specials.  

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 6:00 pm 

Location:  Pub on Pearl, 1101 S Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210

Materials Needed: Personal care items - toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, deodorant, comps, chapstick, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, shaving cream. Entertainment and Activities - crossword puzzles, word finds, sudoku puzzles, pencils/pens, magazines and books aimed towards male readers. **Items the VA cannot accept - food, beverage, gum, razors and nail files. 

Service Project Contact: Val Wintler, vwintler@zagmail.gonzaga.edu 


Eugene, OR - Catholic Community Services of Lane County

The Eugene chapter will helping with maintenance and upkeep at the Catholic Community Services of Lane County.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location:  Catholic Community Services of Lane County, 1025 G Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Special Instructions: Please make sure to wear closed-toed shoes, wear appropriate clothing for indoor/outdoor work in February, and bring a bottle of water. 

Service Project Contact: Carson Kiesewetter, zagalumni.eug@gmail.com


Helena, MT -Helena Food Share

The Helena chapter will be collecting donations for Helena Food Share. Please bring canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, peanut butter, canned meals and flour/sugar. 

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 8:00p.m.

Location:  Muni's Sports Grille, 2201 N Benton Ave, Helena, MT 59601 

Service Project Contact: Makenna Sellers makenna@northernplains.org


Los Angeles - Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

The Los Angeles chapter will be sorting, inspecting and repackaging donated food items from local food drives at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. 

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: Check-in - 8:30 - 8:55 am Service Project - 9:00 am

Location:  Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, 1734 E. 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058

Special Instructions: Please register! (here: http://cerv.is/m?0338g9ih3HE). Once you register you will receive an email confirmation with all the logistics and forms. Must be at least 14 years of age (no exceptions). All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. 

Register here: http://cerv.is/m?0338g9ih3HE  

Service Project Contact: Volunteer Department amartinez@lafoodbank.org


Minnesota - The Food Group

The Minnesota chapter will be collecting food and cash donations for The Food Group, a local non-profit. 

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 8:30 pm

Location: Joe Senser's - Roseville, 2350 Cleveland Ave,N, Roseville, MN 55113

Special Instructions:  Suggested donation items include: canned meats, one-skillet Helper meals, shelf-stable dairy products, chunky soups & stews, baby food and formula, high fiber cereals, tomato sauce and pasta, peanut butter & jam, pancake and waffle mix, fruit cups, fruit juice, kid-friendly snacks. Low-sodium and Gluten Free items are also in high demand.

Service Project Contact: Katie Chirhart- talboyk@gmail.com


New York - Kids in the Game (KING)

Volunteer at a Saturday basketball clinic for immigrant youth in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location:  4305 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 

Participant engagement fee:it is recommend that each volunteer donate $25, though the fee is not mandatory.

RSVP: Please email Meg Nieslanik for event details and to RSVP 

Service Project Contact: Meg Nieslanik- meg@nieslanik.com


North Carolina - Hemby Children's Hospital 

We will be collecting toy donations for Hemby Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are in need of toys for children of all ages from newborns to 18 years of age.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 9:00 pm

Location:  Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E Morehead St. Charlotte, NC 28204

Special Instructions: These toys are used for special occasions for the children in the hospital. They ask that the toys be new, non-violent and non-religious.

Service Project Contact: Joelle Pane, joellempane@gmail.com


North Idaho - Student Supply Drive Kootenai County

We will be collecting toy donations for K-12 students in Kootenai County. In the CDA school district 450 students have been identified this year as living in an insecure housing situation. Local educators supply necessities to these children at school when they have trouble attaining them from home. Please drop off any of the items listed below or similar items to our office between February 7th and 9th.

Date: Thursday, February 7th - Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Collection Drop Off Times:

2/7 - 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
2/8 - 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
2/9 - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location:  White Pine Wealth, 8222 N Government Way, Hayden, ID 83858

Special Instructions: Items needed (new or gently used): Rubber boots, tennis shoes, girls black leggings (M-XL), feminine hygiene products, boys sweat pants, girls leggings, boys underwear, girls underwear, deodorant, snow gloves, winter coats, socks. 

Service Project Contact: Brian Babb brian.babb@whitepinewealth.com


Phoenix - St. Mary's Food Bank - Del Webb Warehouse 

Join us to pack emergency food boxes with non-perishable items, sort food or repack bulk produce. Positions include high impact roles such as palletizing the completed boxes, as well as, less strenuous jobs that can be done seated.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Location:  St. Mary's Food Bank, Del Web Main Warehouse, 2831 N 31st Ave, Phoenix 85009

Special Instructions: REGISTRATION PROCESS: • Visit https://volunteer.firstfoodbank.org/search • Find INVITATION CODE FILTER on the left hand side. • Enter your group INVITATION CODE -- ZAGS and click ‘Refine’ • Click on your VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY NAME ( Gonzaga Alumni Pack & Sort) to view all shifts. Please note your company/organization may have more than one project scheduled. • Scroll down, select the date, click on SIGN UP • You’ll be instructed to LOGIN using an existing account or REGISTER by creating a new account • Once you are logged in, you will be taken to a SUCCESS! screen • You will then receive a confirmation email from St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Dress Attire: Please wear closed toed shoes. • Closed-toe shoes (sneakers suggested) • Shirts need to be short or long sleeved (No tank tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless, midriff or low-cut tops) • Pants, jeans preferred. Shorts are okay at a respectable length. (Must be no shorter than 7” above the knee) Request: show your ZAG pride by wearing your ZAG wear - (request shirts/t-shirts: short or long sleeve). 

Service Project Contact: Cynthia Reyes Methvin- gugozags@gmail.com



We will be collecting food and clothing at Portland game watch at Grixsen Brewing Co.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 6:00 pm

Location:  Grixsen Brewing Co. 1001 SE Division St., Ste.1, Portland, OR 97202

Service Project Contact: Andrew Sorenson andrew.sorenson@nike.com


San Diego -San Diego Food Bank

The San Diego chapter will be sorting, inspecting and repackaging donated food items from local food drives at the San Diego Food Bank. 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location:  San Diego Food Bank, 9850 Distribution Av, San Diego, CA 92121

Special Instructions: 

Service Project Contact: Rebecca Van Loon- vanloonesq@gmail.com


San Francisco -St. Anthony's San Francisco

Free clothing program service - our group will sort though donated clothes and get everything ready for distribution to families in need

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: St. Anthony's San Francisco, 121 Golden Gate Ave, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102

Special Instructions: To attend this volunteer shift, our participants need to RSVP through St. Anthony's form as well as our own GU event form. Please share the following link with potential participants: Gonzaga University Group Member Sign-up Form: 2-9-2019 @ 1:00 PM http://bit.ly/2sxvjqB 

Service Project Contact: Stephen Girlich, sgirlich90@gmail.com


San Joaquin - Jacket Drive 

We will be collecting lightly used or new sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets to be donated to a local charity in Modesto.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 5:30 pm

Location:  Reed Family Carseum, 220A Empire Ave, Modesto, CA 95354

Service Project Contact: Joe Micheletti- joe@michelettiins.com


Seattle - St. Vincent De Paul

Join the Seattle chapter at St. Vincent De Paul to help distribute food on the food line. 

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 10:30 am

Location:  St. Vincent De Paul Georgetown Food Bank, 5972 4th Ave S., Seattle, WA 

Service Project Contact: Julia Esser, esserjulia@gmail.com


Spokane - 2nd Harvest Food Bank

Join the Spokane chapter at 2nd Harvest Food Bank to help sort food. 

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location:  2nd Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E Front Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

Special Instructions: Sign up here: http://gualumni.inland.volunteerhub.com/

Service Project Contact: Conner Ellert - Conor.Ellert@2-harvest.org


Wenatchee - Greater Wenatchee Habitat for Humanity 

Join the Wenatchee Chapter at Habitat for Humanity to help with home construction and support for local families. 

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 

Time: 9:00 am

Location:  Request information at guwenatchee@gmail.com

Special Instructions: RSVP at guwenatchee@gmail.com