Sacred Heart University offers a special program for incoming freshmen interested in community service. Community Connections, an immersion and orientation week-long program led by upper-class students and involving faculty and staff, provides an introduction to various service opportunities in the surrounding community and increases students' understanding of urban issues.
Service in the community is an integral part of the mission of Sacred Heart University. Many opportunities exist for students to become involved during the academic year, through Campus Ministry or Volunteer Program office.
The first such opportunity for incoming freshmen is Community Connections. Forty freshman and twelve upper class leaders, together with faculty and staff members, will spend six days at St. Charles Catholic Urban Center or Golden Hill Methodist Church in Bridgeport, where they will work together to renovate Habitat for Humanity houses, serve people at the Merton House (soup kitchen) and share time with urban children and parents.
Students may help run a sports program at a neighborhood community center, do Read-Aloud programs at a nearby school or work on a park project. Students will work at sites that have already hosted Sacred Heart University volunteers.
Community Connections does not require any previous construction or teaching experience, but a positive attitude, a willingness to work together, an open mind and a good sense of humor are important.
Cost: $150 (Payment is not due until after you receive your acceptance into the Community Connections program).
Dates: Saturday, August 16 - Friday, August 22, 2014
Contact: Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning
Application Deadline: Monday, June 16, 2014 (You will be notified via email on Friday, June 27th of your application status)
The Community Connections program is no longer accepting applications since the deadline was June 16, 2014.