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 the Office of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning, Campus Ministry, student-run service clubs, athletic teams, and Greek organizations. Community Connections allows first-year students to begin their career at SHU by serving others, even before classes begin.
Community Connections is a special week-long immersion program for incoming freshmen who are interested in service. The program places about fifty incoming freshman at two community 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, helping with clean-ups and other beautification projects, and assisting many other nonprofit and social service agencies.
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: $200 (Payment is not due until after you receive your acceptance into the Community Connections program).
Dates: Saturday, August 20 - Friday, August 26, 2016
Contact: Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning
Application Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2016 (You will be notified via email on Friday, July 8, 2016 of your application status)
The deadline for the 2016 Community Connections program was June 24, 2016. Applications are no longer being accepted.