The neigh­bor­hoods around campus, which can some­times feel a bit sleepy on a weekend morning, were bustling with activity Sat­urday when 442 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in NU Ser­vice Day, an annual event that sup­ports com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions across the city.

It’s a great way to do some­thing good and rep­re­sent North­eastern in the com­mu­nity,” said Hannah Bialic, a freshmen bio­chem­istry major who vol­un­teered at the Sym­phony Road Com­mu­nity Garden in the Fenway neigh­bor­hood, where stu­dents helped with an annual autumn cleanup, removing weeds and garbage that had accu­mu­lated over the summer months.

Res­i­dents said the event pro­vided stu­dents and neigh­bors — many of whom often have lim­ited inter­ac­tion despite sharing close quar­ters — an oppor­tu­nity to get to know one another better and estab­lish new relationships.

Get­ting stu­dents out here through an event like this does a lot to bridge the divide that some­times exists,” said Matt Phillips, who with his wife, Car­o­line, man­ages the garden. “Today we’re cleaning up trash and making friends at the same time.”

The ser­vice day, spon­sored by Northeastern’s Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice, saw 1,425 ser­vice hours com­pleted at 27 sites across the city, including United South End Set­tle­ments, Rox­bury Prepara­tory Charter School, St. Ambrose Family Shelter, Room to Grow and People Making a Dif­fer­ence.

Global Path­ways stu­dent Yue Yu sorts donated books at Room to Grow.

At Room to Grow — an orga­ni­za­tion that helps to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty through social sup­port and with donated items like clothing, toys and books — co-​​op stu­dent Olivia Gon­salves oversaw a team of vol­un­teers sorting and orga­nizing donations.

A lot of our clients may not be able to shop on New­bury Street, but we want them to still have the best for their baby,” said Gon­salves, a fourth-​​year cul­tural anthro­pology major who worked Sat­urday helping vol­un­teers stock the shelves at Room to Grow’s Back Bay head­quar­ters, which simul­ta­ne­ously resem­bles a bou­tique and wel­coming social– ser­vices office.

Ann Nguyen, who is studying accounting through the Global Path­ways pro­gram, said vol­un­teering at Room to Grow let her learn more about the com­mu­nity that exists beyond Northeastern’s borders.

I got to know more about this orga­ni­za­tion,” Nguyen said, “and I’m working with a great team, enjoying myself very much.”

Freshman nursing stu­dent Kayla Sul­livan labels items in a class­room at the United South End Set­tle­ments Early Child­hood Edu­ca­tion space during NU Ser­vice Day.

A few blocks away, a team of freshmen vol­un­teered at United South End Settlement’s Children’s Arts Centre and South End House, which houses the non­profit organization’s early child­hood edu­ca­tion center and after­school programs.

This has been a great oppor­tu­nity to not just help out in the com­mu­nity, but to learn a lot about this orga­ni­za­tion and all the amazing work they do,” said freshman Kayla Sul­livan, a nursing major. “A day like this reminds you that you’re not just here at North­eastern — you’re part of this great community.”