Community service is an integral part of the mission of Sacred Heart University. Many opportunities exist for students to volunteer during the academic year, through Campus Ministry or the Office of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning. The first such opportunity is Community Connections. Community Connections is a special week-long immersion program for incoming freshmen who are interested in service. The program places forty to sixty incoming freshman at two church sites in the city of Bridgeport. There, they are delegated to work on various projects at sites all throughout the city. Upperclassmen serve as site leaders for the week along with faculty and staff from the university. Members of the Bridgeport community also participate by leading discussions on issues facing the urban community.
Service activities for the week include: working with children, distributing food at soup kitchens, stocking food pantries and helping with clean-ups and other beautification projects.
Community Connections does not require any previous 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 22 - Friday, August 28, 2015
Contact: Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning
Application Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2015 (You will be notified via email on Friday, June 26th of your application status)