GUSA and Neighborhood Life Hosting Community Cleanup September 6

September 2014 Community CleanupImage courtesy Office of Neighborhood Life.

The Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) and the Office of Neighborhood Life are sponsoring a community cleanup on Saturday, September 6th. Neighbors are welcome and encouraged to join and help clean the neighborhood!

Volunteers should meet at 10:00am on Saturday, September 6th at the Office of Neighborhood Life at 36th & N Streets, NW. All supplies will be provided. Show up ready to work!

First-year Medical Students Participate in Annual Service Day

SOM Service Day 2014 Martha's Table

As part of orientation for Georgetown University School of Medicine, 85 incoming medical students participated in an annual Service Day, working in communities across the city.

The School of Medicine trains students to become knowledgeable, ethical, skillful, and compassionate physicians dedicated to the care of others and health needs of society. Through the annual Service Day, students engage the District and its communities in this mission.
SOM Service Day 2014 Rock Creek Conservancy

This year students worked with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club to clean up trails in Rock Creek Park and visited with seniors at the Lisner Louise Dixon Hurt Home. Two other groups helped prepare meals at Martha’s Table and the Arlington Food Assistance Center. A final team cleaned and reorganized HOYA Clinic, the free student-run health clinic at the DC General Family Shelter.

SOM Service Day 2014 Lisner Louise Dixon Hurt Home

Georgetown University medical students are required to complete at least 20 hours of service learning prior to graduation.

All photos courtesy Georgetown University Medical Center.

Students Help Create Community Garden in Kenilworth-Parkside

Two Georgetown students have helped start the Paradise Community Peace Garden, a community garden in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood in DC’s Ward 7 as part of a free summer school program for kids.

As part of the program, children living at the Paradise at Parkside community learn to grow fresh vegetables and take field trips to see other community gardens and urban farms in D.C. Healthy Living, a nonprofit that educates communities about healthy food, is partnering with the summer program to teach children to prepare the vegetables they grow.

Cat Skolnicki and Michelle Stearn, the students who started the garden, received a grant from the Center for Social Justice’s Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) fund to start the garden. They are blogging about the project and keeping track of the garden’s progress.

Read more about the Paradise Community Peace Garden in the Washington Post.

Medical Students Offer Sports Camp for Homeless Youth

SportsMed Camp 2014 (2)

Students from the Georgetown University School of Medicine led a sports camp for nearly 50 youth living at the DC General Family Shelter July 28-August 1.

The HoyaMed Summer Sports Camp, held at RFK Stadium for children aged 5 to 13, showed the campers they can have fun while being active outdoors and eating nutritious snacks, says Molly Warren (M’17), volunteer coordinator for the camp.

Activities throughout the week included kickball, tag, soccer, flag football, track and field races, dance competitions, an RFK Stadium tour and a chance to watch a practice session of Washington’s professional soccer team, D.C. United.

SportsMed Camp 2014

The HoyaMed camp started last summer and relies heavily on support from others, both within Georgetown and D.C.

Hoya Clinic, a student-run medical clinic at DC General, furnishes transportation, medical supplies and equipment to the camp staff. Georgetown’s Dahlgren Memorial Library provides t-shirts for the counselors and campers, promotional flyers and a banner, and Georgetown’s Yates Field House supplies sports equipment. Eileen Moore, MD, faculty leader for the HoyaMed Summer Sports Camp and co-medical director of Hoya Clinic, helped students organize the camp.

D.C. United gave the camp’s staff access to their facilities for ice and water, gave each camper a new soccer ball and donated tickets for the families to attend an upcoming game through their Kicks for Kids program. Every camper received a medal for their participation courtesy of Washington Trophy.

“The contributions of these generous departments and organizations allow medical students to give back to the community and show that not only does Georgetown School of Medicine believe in the care of the whole person, as in cura personalis, but Georgetown truly cares about the whole community,” says Matt Baer (M’17), a co-director of this year’s camp.

This post is an edited version of a story on the GUMC website. Read the full story here.

Georgetown Hosting National Night Out Event August 5th

Georgetown University is hosting a community event on Tuesday, August 5th as part of National Night Out, the annual crime prevention event. National Night Out brings together law enforcement, emergency responders, and community members to symbolize strong communities that fight back against crime.

The event at Georgetown will features offices from Georgetown University Police Department, Metropolitan Police Department, United States Park Police, as well as representatives from Georgetown’s Student Neighborhood Assistance Program and the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS).

GUPD officers will share safety tips, bike safety information and discuss resources the University provides to the neighboring communities. Family activities will include sidewalk chalk, music, face painting, popsicles and drinks.

The event will is 6:00-8:00pm at the Office of Neighborhood Life, 36th & N Streets NW.