New Students Take Part in Annual Day of Service
September 09, 2010
First-year students took part in their inaugural Emmanuel volunteer experience during the College's 15th Annual Day of Service on September 7th. Nearly 430 students participated in the tradition, volunteering their time to Greater Boston area nonprofit organizations throughout the day for a total of 1,724 hours of service.
Students spent time among ten different service sites, which included the Franklin Park Zoo, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Community Servings, Cradles to Crayons, Muddy River Clean-Up, Marian Manor, St. Ambrose Family Shelter, St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Roxbury, Mission Grammar School, and the newly added site of ReVision Urban Farm, a small garden in Boston which provides fresh, affordable, locally grown produce to families in the city with limited incomes and transportation access.
The Annual Day of Service introduced new students to some of the volunteer opportunities available to them at Emmanuel and throughout Boston. The day also allowed for new students to get to know one another and bond with their new classmates through serving the community.
"Serving the community is an important part of Emmanuel's culture and tradition," said Associate Director of Community Service and Service Learning Deirdre Bradley-Turner. "Inviting new students to take part in a service event during Welcome Week is a wonderful way to welcome students to Emmanuel. It is an opportunity for new students to get involved, meet other students and see and serve one of Boston's many neighborhoods."
In addition to the Day of Service, the College will also hold the annual Volunteer Fair on September 15th. The fair features various organizations throughout the Greater Boston area. Students will be able to make connections with representatives from each organization and choose which volunteer opportunities would be the best fit for them.