A cleanup project to protect the environment featured UM’ Canes Day of Service event on April 23 | Vizcaya key

The University of Miami Alumni Association is involved in environmental conservation efforts with a local service project that gives back to its respective communities.

The Alumni Association Cane Communities hold the annual UM Canes Day of Service on Saturday, April 23 at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event brings together elders, families, friends and the community to help improve the quality of beaches and protect marine life with a beach cleanup.

Volunteers will assist with shoreline/coastal cleanup and invasive plant removal.

After the cleanup, lunch will be served during a “lunch and learn” segment with researchers Liv Williamson and Dalton Helsey of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. They will cover relevant topics, such as coastal resilience, climate change and restoring our coral reefs.

“‘Canes Day of Service offers University of Miami alumni, students, families and friends the opportunity to give back to their communities by participating in local service projects,” said Jennifer Slowey Dillion, Executive Director of Development at the University of Miami. “Hosted by ‘Canes Communities across the country, these projects support the University’s mission to transform lives through education, research, innovation and service.”

All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt for their service.

The event, sponsored by Virginia Key Outdoor, Amerant Bank and the UM Citizens Board, will coincide with other ‘Canes’ communities across the country, with UM alumni organizing cleanup and charity events in their communities and where they have grown.

Members of ‘Canes Communities are committed to coming together and helping those in need and raising money for charity throughout the year. They start in the communities where they were born and raised, and offer their services in the cities where they reside and where other members live.

Members can be found at soup kitchens, participating in local and national charity talks and giving drives, visiting senior citizens and military veterans, or walking dogs at animal shelters.

The goal is to have a significant impact in the world.

For questions regarding this “Canes Day of Service” program, contact Frances Garcia-Balbin at [email protected] or [email protected] or to register, click here

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