AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst students will be planting trees in Sweetser Park and in front of the Amherst Police Department on Main Street on Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in collaboration with Amherst’s Department of Public Works.
The Sweetser Project is part of the Positive Presence Initiative of the university’s Off Campus Student Services. Positive Presence provides students opportunities to participate in various community service projects. The program aims to develop a sense of civic responsibility among students and foster student connections to the greater Amherst community. Past and current service projects include blanket-making for patrons of Craig’s Door, food drives for the Amherst Survival Center and game nights with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Off Campus Student Services (OCSS) represents more than 7,000 students who attend UMass Amherst and live in the greater Amherst area. Launched in 2011, OCSS provides guidance, resources and programs for students seeking housing, commuting and living in the greater Amherst area. The Off Campus Student Center is a place for students to gather, take advantage of university activities, resources, and programs. In addition to serving as an activities hub, the center is a lounge for off-campus students, complete with comfortable seating, study space, and amenities. Events include cooking classes, networking sessions for parents and students, karaoke nights, information sessions on renting, subletting, and living successfully off-campus. OCSS also manages the Housing and Community Resources website (www.umocss.org) where students, staff, faculty and community members can search for housing, and potential housemates, and find a variety of other resources.