Students Aid Trumbull Seniors with Fall Clean-up

From left, student Cara Desrosiers, Trumbull Rotarian Nate Shay and student Sean Whelan clean up a homeowner's leaves on Canterbury Lane in Trumbull. Photo by B.K. Angeletti

News Story: November 19, 2014

As winter started to stretch its icy fingers and trees shed the last of their leaves across the region, Sacred Heart University students stepped up with rakes and tarps to assist senior citizens physically or financially unable to do leaf clean-up at their homes.

At the request of the Trumbull Rotary Club (TRC), a team of students, along with a supervisor and a Rotarian, visited a Trumbull household on Saturday, November 15, to accomplish the physical work. The effort is an annual initiative for TRC, according to member Jim Malski, which organized its own volunteers to cover additional properties. This was the first year that Sacred Heart participated.

SHU’s Volunteer Programs and Service Learning (VPSL) Office Manager Andrea Canuel and others helped to recruit student helpers and van transportation to the Canterbury Lane home. Reflecting on the clean-up work, Assistant Director of VPSL Larry Carroll said, “The property owner was most grateful for our student volunteers and the hours of work they put in to rake up all the leaves. As for our students, they were happy to play a role in assisting our elder local citizens with a task that was not possible for them to do.”

Carroll added, “The clean-up effort is a great illustration of Sacred Heart’s mission to serve others in the spirit of goodwill and is a particularly appropriate expression at the Thanksgiving holiday.” 

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