Berkeley Project Day 2014 sent more than 1,400 UC Berkeley students out into the community on a recent Saturday to get things done: rehabbing homes for people in need, cleaning up streets and parks, sprucing up child-care centers, just to name a few.
The day started before sun-up, with meticulous preparations on Sproul Plaza. Students gathered and signed up as the sun rose, for bagels and bananas, music from the Cal Band and the California Golden Overtones, speeches by Project Day leaders, the dean of students and a city official. Then the crowd fanned out to 70 community service projects in Berkeley and Oakland.
The annual student-run project, which started in 2006, aims to unite the campus around work that has a positive impact on the community each fall. In the spring, Berkeley Project Month sends more students out into the community on consecutive weekends.
Here are Kevin Ho Nguyen’s photos from just a few of this fall’s Project Day, as it looked on Sproul and at a handful of project sites.