September 06, 2013
College Communications and Marketing
In remembrance of 9/11, Saint Anselm College is hosting a week of activities, concentrated on a Day of Service on September 14.
This day spent working in the community gives students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends and family an opportunity to give back through volunteer work in the greater Manchester area. The areas of outreach include nursing homes, churches, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. The Day of Service is meant to promote a sense of community among Saint Anselm students and alumni, as well as support for local residents surrounding the college campus.
"I want to see Saint A's students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni create a lasting bond with each other. Although 9/11 was a tragic event that greatly impacted each and every one of us, it is important for us to come together to make our country a better place," says SGA president Lyndsay Robinson '14 who has lead this student organized event(s).
Despite a focus on outreach activities in the surrounding Manchester area, this community-building event is an offer extended to alumni across the country who are invited to return to campus to volunteer. Alumni are also encouraged to participate in volunteer work in their own community on September 14.
Invitation to First Responders
In addition, the college community invites first responders from the greater Manchester area and surrounding communities of Bedford and Goffstown to campus on Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 - 3 p.m. for a barbecue and ceremony with alumni speakers and the raising of the American flag. Those who have completed service will also join the barbecue for closing ceremony activities.
Day of Service
The day of service will open with alumnus Anthony Vercollone '08, who hopes to inspire those volunteering with their stories and words of encouragement. Other alumni in attendance will include: Kathleen Sullivan '73, Tami Littleton '79, Mark Sullivan '80, and Sharon Lebrun '93.
Paul Moore '80 will also provide a unique perspective as college community members donate goods and volunteer for his program MooreMart. Moore created this organization to gather care packages for U.S military overseas, inspired by indivudal packages he would send to his brother serving in Iraq. Through his organization www.mooremart.org, communities have been given the chance to give thousands of care packages to United States soldiers serving overseas. See the list of goods that can be donated to MooreMart and dropped off at Campus Ministry (there is a box in front of the office in Cushing).
Volunteer for the Day of Service
- 9 a.m. - Welcome ceremony (speaker & blessing of volunteers)
- 9:45 a.m. - Depart to service sites
- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Service
- 11 a.m. - First fesponders arrive on campus
- 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Activities
- 1 p.m. - Barbecue for volunteers and first responders/families
- 2 p.m. - Closing ceremony (speaker, raising of Flag, closing prayer)
Other College Events
Wednesday, September 11
- Prayer service at Veterans Memorial on Quad circa 12 p.m.
- Prayer service at Veterans Memorial on Quad circa 8:45 p.m.
- Mass in Lower Church, 9 p.m.
Thursday, September 12, 8 p.m.
- 9/11 Documentary Movie in Perini Hall (open to students, faculty, and staff)
Story by Ryan Sandford '14