November 29, 2016—For more than 45 years, Walden University has been preparing scholar-practitioners to use their skills and knowledge to effect positive social change. Last month marked Walden University’s 11th annual Global Days of Service, a weeklong volunteer effort during which members of its community are encouraged to get involved and make a difference. The event was held October 17−23, providing multiple days and opportunities for social change agents around the world to identify and participate in projects they are passionate about and that positively impact their communities and the lives of others.

Walden’s community of students, alumni, faculty and staff, along with their friends, family and colleagues, were among more than 22,500 students, faculty and staff from 36 Laureate International Universities network institutions in 16 countries participating in this year’s Global Days of Service. Together, they contributed more than 220,000 volunteer hours to help the less fortunate in their areas, build new partnerships and celebrate the role of their institutions in positively impacting their communities.

Some Walden volunteer projects included packaging meals at Feed My Starving Children in Tempe, Arizona; making building enhancements to Baltimore’s North Bend Elementary/Middle School; cooking for parents and families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Amsterdam; crafting cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids at Walden’s Atlanta residency; hosting an event for abandoned children in Gdansk, Poland; partnering with Pillsbury United Communities to work on a mosaic in Minneapolis; creating hygiene kits for Haven for Hope in San Antonio; and gardening at The Samaritan Women, a center for human trafficking victims and domestic abuse survivors in Baltimore.

Since its founding in 1970, Walden University has attracted a community of lifelong learners who share a common desire to make a difference. To learn more about Walden’s commitment to social change, visit https://www.waldenu.edu/about/social-change.

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