Last year 2,500 students, faculty and staff volunteered more than 50,000 hours of service in the community through opportunities such as academic mentoring and tutoring in the Bridgeport Public Schools, programs such as CURTIS Week, Community Connections and Habitat for Humanity
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The Theatre Arts Program at Sacred Heart University presents In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. In the Heights was the debut Broadway musical for Miranda, who also wrote the smash hit, Hamilton. In the Heights, set over the course of three days, involves characters in the largely Hispanic-American Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City and includes rap, salsa dancing and bodegas. A "cool" feature of the show is that the main character raps more than sings, according to sophomore Andrew Patino, one of the student producers.
Sacred Heart University’s Student Government recently packaged over 50,000 meals for its first SHU Hunger Project, in conjunction with the nonprofit organization, Meals of Hope. Students, faculty and staff purchased T-shirts and wristbands prior to the event to support the initiative. They raised over $13,000, which paid for the purchase of mass quantities of dry food such as macaroni and assorted grains.
Sacred Heart University has received a $1,000 grant for its efforts with the Community Understanding and Reflection Through Inner-city Service (CURTIS) Week program. The grant was provided by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, a private holding company that exists as the parent company of car rental companies Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The grant recognizes the efforts made by students and faculty during CURTIS Week. Named after the founder of Sacred Heart, Bishop Walter W. Curtis, the week allows students to experience the urban issues of poverty, racism and immigration on a first-hand level.