USM Community to Participate in Governor's Maryland Unites: Day of Service
Adelphi, Md. (July 7, 2015) -- University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert
L. Caret today announced that the USM community will participate in Maryland
Unites: Day of Service. Maryland Unites is Governor Larry Hogan's initiative
for state employees to offer their time and talents through community service. The
governor announced the initiative in June for employees of state agencies. Though
USM has its own personnel system, Chancellor Caret has committed the university
system to taking an active role in this initiative.
"The University System of Maryland has a rich history of community
service," said Chancellor Caret. "Our students, staff, and faculty volunteer
countless hours of service through a wide range of activities each year. I
applaud Governor Hogan for creating and launching Maryland Unites, and I commit
USM's engagement in this important initiative."
In announcing Maryland Unites, Gov. Hogan said: "In the past few weeks, I have witnessed
incredible acts of kindness and volunteerism from members of a community who
truly care for one another. Maryland Unites:
Day of Service is about continuing that spirit of giving back and
sharing it with Baltimore City and our local communities."
As part of the initiative, the human resources offices at each of USM's
12 institutions, two regional centers, and system office will coordinate their
respective employees' participation in Maryland Unites. Across the university
system, employees will receive at least four hours of paid leave to contribute
services to an accredited 501 (c)(3) organization of their choice.
Employees may choose to volunteer on days designated by the statewide
Maryland Unites program (remaining dates are July 15, July 29, August 12, and
August 26), at campus service day events to be announced
by some USM institutions, or at a not-for-profit service organization selected
by the employee.
Later this week, the USM Office of Human
Resources will provide basic guidelines for
employees' participation to the institutions and regional centers. Based on
those guidelines, each institution and center will structure how their
employees can participate and will provide
specific information to their employees about the institution's program.
Interested employees should contact their human resources offices for more
"I encourage USM employees to participate in Maryland Unites," said Chancellor
Caret. "Let me thank USM community members in advance for their continuous willingness
to help enhance the quality of life for our state's residents through community
Contact: Anne Moultrie