The Meelia Center for Community Engagement helps Saint Anselm volunteers find and maintain meaningful community involvement. Student, faculty, and staff volunteers have their choice of more than 50 options. After years of effective collaboration with the Meelia Center, community agencies have opened up a wide range of service options to accommodate all levels of commitment and interest.
Weekly volunteers assist at any 50+ Greater Manchester agencies. Students often go out in groups of three or more, and that provides the additional benefit of expanding student networks. Volunteers generally commit to two-to-three hours per week at a site for the entire semester. Year long commitments are encouraged. Many students join with agency staff and clients to run their own activities or workshops. The Meelia Center provides support and materials as needed to support all student involvement.
Saint Anselm College is blessed with a variety of partnerships that invite students to take on leadership roles. Many of the center's strongest community connections were developed by student leaders who forged new relationships with the community.
In addition to weekly volunteers, the center hosts six to eight special one day service events throughout the year. Annual events, such as the charity Wiffle Ball Tournament, charity DodgeBall Tournament, the Children's Holiday Festival and the Special Olympics Valentine's Day Dance are magical events and great team builders for student organizations and residence halls.