The Meelia Center for Community Engagement helps Saint Anselm student and staff volunteers find and maintain meaningful community involvement. Student, faculty, and staff volunteers have their choice of more than 50 sites. 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, interest, and educational purposes.
Weekly volunteers assist at more than 50 possible Greater Manchester agencies. Students often go out with at least one other person, which provides the added benefit of expanding student networks on campus. Volunteers generally commit to two or more hours per week at a site for the entire semester. Yearlong commitments are encouraged and supported. Many students join with agency staff and clients and eventually run their own activities or workshops onsite. The Meelia Center provides support and materials as needed to encourage all student involvement.
"Volunteering at Girls Inc. has definitely opened my eyes to a whole new world. I never realized how much of an impact I could have on people, and how much they could rely on and look up to me. Volunteering has made me realize that I am able to make a difference." ~Amy Vachon, Class of 2017
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. It is because of the students' connections that the center went from working with 4 sites to over 50.
"College helps you find a job. Volunteering helps you find yourself." ~ Dan Whalen, Class of 2017
New for spring 2016! If you are interested in volunteering and making a difference within our community, please complete the online Spring 2016 Volunteer Application to select a community site that needs volunteers!