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About the Meelia Center

The Meelia Center for Community Engagement opened its doors in 1989 with the goal of mobilizing the talent and energy of Saint Anselm students to respond to the service needs of greater Manchester.

Meelia Center Highlights

  • More than 100 student volunteers and nearly 200 service learners engage in community service each week, serving between two to four hours per week.
  • The Meelia Center manages service learning [link to service learning] for the college. Service learning is an educational strategy in which students apply important course concepts through significant service to the community. Each semester nearly 10 percent of the student body chooses to participate in service learning.
  • The center hosts six major service events on campus each year, and sends hundreds of volunteers to off campus service events. More than 800 students participate in these one day service events each year.
  • The center utilizes a student leadership corps of more than 40 students to coordinate its community partnerships, organize service events, and manage the office. For example, the assistant director, office manager, and the information and Web managers are all students.
  • The Meelia Center maintains 16 community partnerships with agencies ranging from a nursing home and public schools to adult and juvenile correctional facilities. In addition, volunteers and service learners are sent to help out at any of 30 additional non profits each year.
  • The work of the center has been significantly enhanced through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Meelia in 2000. Their faith and kindness guides the center as it helps the college build the skills, knowledge, and passion to make the world a better place to live and grow.