Twenty SHU Students to Volunteer in Bridgeport Outreach Program

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Twenty students from Sacred Heart University will participate in CURTIS Week, a cultural immersion and community service workshop, from January 16 through January 21.

CURTIS (Community Understanding and Reflection Through Inner-city Service) is held annually in honor of the founder of Sacred Heart University, the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, second Bishop of Bridgeport. The program offers SHU students a unique opportunity to become aware of the resources and problems of the inner city through community service and reflection with other students.

“The program is designed to give students an opportunity to step outside the box and out of their comfort zone,” said organizer Phyllis Machledt, director of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs at Sacred Heart University.

Students will live at St. Charles Urban Center in Bridgeport throughout the week and participate in a variety of volunteer programs in the community.  Students will help prepare and serve dinner at a soup kitchen, read to elementary school students, and work with Habitat for Humanity.

Students will also visit a mosque, attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Pride program, and participate in a variety of programs that encourage interaction with community members.

Machledt said reflection exercises such as group discussions and journal writing are planned at the end of each day.

CURTIS Week is sponsored by a grant from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Phyllis Machledt at 203-526-6449, or email at

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