Students come together to give back

SGA and Center for Community Service are gearing up for their second annual Day of Service on April 27.

The day starts with a 10:30 a.m. Kickoff event at Konover and will end with a BBQ at 4:00 p.m.

The Day of Service, co-sponsored by SGA and the Center for Community Service, gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to give back to the Hartford area by volunteering at local churches, parks, shelters, food pantries and other local non-profits.

Some volunteers will help by cleaning up streets and parks.

Last year’s Day of Service attracted over 200 members of the University of Hartford. According to Center for Community Service Director, Matt Blocker, about half had already been involved with the Center for Community Service and the other half heard about it through friends.

Many clubs, fraternities, sororities and athletic teams were involved in last year’s event but most volunteers were individual students. This year Blocker hopes for over 300 volunteers to share in the University of Hartford’s value statement, “Committed to Community.”

“All the students enjoyed it,” said Blocker of last year’s event. He hopes that many will come back this year.The Day of Service will begin with a 10:30 a.m. Kickoff at Konover attended by University of Hartford President Walter Harrison.

Once the Kickoff has ended, the students, faculty and staff will be transported to different locations in and around Hartford.

They will help their community by planting bulbs, clearing litter from Albany Ave, mulching and weeding the riverfront of downtown Hartford, painting, working with children and many other important service projects.

After working until 3:30 p.m. all volunteers will be taken back to Konover for a BBQ. All volunteers will be rewarded not only with good feelings about their gift to the community but also a free Day of Service t-shirt to remind them of their good deeds.

Any interested in taking part must register online starting on April 2 and before April 20 on the Center for Community Service website:

The event registration is first come, first serve; those who sign up on the first day will be able to choose where they will be volunteering and will have a greater chance of being able to go with their group.

The Center for Community Service was created in order to have a place where students, faculty and staff can be guided in their search for volunteer and philanthropic opportunities.

The Center for Community Service keeps a database in order to better connect prospective volunteers with different experiences, many in their fields of study.