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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Sacred Heart University students, staff and faculty spent time on their winter breaks making a difference by volunteering in the community and abroad. A group with Volunteer Programs & Service Learning (VPSL) went to Puerto Rico in December to help with hurricane relief, and another group with Campus Ministry went to Jamaica in early January to help residents with disabilities. Most recently a group of 17 undergraduate and graduate students participated in CURTIS Week, a program that immerses and engages students in community projects throughout Bridgeport.
Sacred Heart University’s Relay For Life club recently added 25 new members, all from the freshmen class. “Having so many new members is always great, as it brings in a lot of fresh ideas,” said Pezzella, a sociology major. “This group in particular has been so vocal with their ideas, and we’ve taken most of them into consideration when planning events for this year.”
A group of Sacred Heart University occupational therapy (OT) and nursing students and faculty recently participated in a week-long service learning program at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in La Plant, S.D., an area with a population of 171 people.