Central Ohio residents are invited to participate in an event designed to give back to others as part of Danny's Day.

Central Ohio residents are invited to participate in an event designed to give back to others as part of Danny's Day.

The Danny Arnold Memorial Foundation's annual community-service day, established in honor of Danny Arnold and his commitment to making a difference in the world, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 27.

Arnold died June 5, 2012, as a result of injuries from a canoeing accident. He was 21 and had just completed his junior year at the University of Dayton, where he was a premedical student.

More than 300 volunteers are expected to participate in about 50 community activities around central Ohio to honor the young man from Gahanna who believed in giving and making a difference.

His father, Kevin Arnold, said Danny lived his 21 years and 17 days to the fullest.

"He impacted many people and strove to be the best physically, mentally, spiritually and academically," Kevin Arnold said. "Danny lived by a saying based on Luke 12:48: 'To whom much is given, much is expected.' "

Danny Arnold had a spirit of giving that was outlined in the Bible verse, and it is with that spirit Danny's Day was started, his father said.

This year marks the third annual community-service day that's scheduled on the fourth Saturday in June each year.

"We all are given gifts and talents: skills of painting, landscaping, reading to the infirm, collecting food or clothing for the needy and countless other skills we can share in the spirit of Daniel that will live on," Arnold said.

Jacob Swartz knew Danny when they attended Hartley High School together; then both attended the University of Dayton.

"We stayed great friends all through high school and at the University of Dayton," Swartz said. "I was actually part of the group with him on the canoeing trip the day of his accident."

Swartz said Danny would embrace the spirit of Danny's Day as much as his friends, family and even some strangers have.

"He was never afraid to be at the head of anything," Swartz said. "So to have an event in his name, especially one dedicated to making things better in his community and for the people around him, he would embrace it wholeheartedly.

"As long as I knew him, he was so dedicated to bettering himself in every aspect of his life. But as much as he loved pursuing perfection in himself, he loved helping other people get better, too."

Three years after his death, he said, Danny still has just as strong an impact on the people close to him and in his community, according to Swartz.

"So I think if he could see how much good is being done on his behalf, he would be so proud to be at the head of something so great," Swartz said.

Danny's Day will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Noble Center at St. Matthew School, 795 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna.

Volunteers will disperse throughout central Ohio from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to complete projects and will then meet back at St Matthew School from noon to 1 p.m. for a complimentary lunch and closing.

Some of the organizations and volunteer opportunities include sorting clothing and gardening at Bishop Griffin Center and Garden, 2875 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus; placing sewer labels for "no dumping" within the city of Gahanna; making fleece shawls for Gentiva Hospice at St. Matthew School; visiting nursing-home residents at Mohun Care Center, 2340 Airport Drive, Columbus; delivering Meals-on-Wheels for LifeCare Alliance; and sorting donations at the Women's Care Center, 935 E. Broad St., Columbus.

New projects and organizations for 2015 include volunteering at the clothing pantry and gardens for Gahanna Residents In Need, 760 Morrison Road, Gahanna; arts and crafts with residents at the Heinzerling Foundation, 1800 Heinzerling Drive, Columbus; and building furniture at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, 118 S. Yale Ave., Columbus.

Since 2013, participants have volunteered 3,845 hours at Danny's Day, Danny's Open (an annual May golf outing) and Dealing for Danny, a casino fun night that was held Jan. 24.

Funds from the golf outing and casino fun night allow the Danny Arnold Memorial Foundation to provide scholarships, which have been awarded annually and total $12,750.