College Raises More than $38,000 to Celebrate 30 Years of Service Trips

December 4, 2019

By Anna Brennan-Curry

This year, during its third annual Giving Tuesday campaign, Saint Anselm College raised $38,190 to support its Service and Solidarity Mission Trips. 2020 marks the 30th year that the college will send students on service trips.

This year, in honor of this milestone, Saint Anselm College set the challenge to raise at least $30,000 in 30 hours for 30 years of service. The money will support the more than 200 students traveling to 19 different communities, from Manchester, N.H. to Puerto Rico, as a part of the Winter Break and Spring Break Alternative trips.

“Over the past 30 years the SBA/WBA service immersion experiences have impacted countless communities and thousands of Anselmians,” explains Susan Gabert, Ed.D. ’91, assistant dean of students and director, campus ministry. “Becoming more aware of issues of social justice, opening oneself up to another person’s story, and immersing themselves in different cultures – has enabled our students to truly understand what it means to be an Anselmian. These experiences have helped our students to put big questions into perspective, helped them make career and vocational choices, guided them in their family and faith lives, and helped them to contribute in meaningful ways to the communities in which they work and live.”

Over the past 30 years almost 4,000 Anselmian students participated in these trips serving communities across the world, and many of them have continued to serve after leaving the Hilltop as a result.

“We are truly grateful to our benefactors who made this Giving Tuesday a success,” said James F. Flanagan, senior vice president for college advancement. “Thank you to the administration, alumni, faculty, family members, friends, monks, staff, students, and trustees who joined together to contribute to the Service and Solidarity Trips and support this beloved Anselmian tradition.”

Last year, Morgan Sweeney ’21 participated in a mission trip at Benedictine School in Ridgely, M.D., where the purpose of the trip was to learn about embracing individuals with different abilities.

"While short, my time at the Benedictine School taught me a tremendous deal about love, kindness, patience and myself,” says Sweeney. “Words can’t seem to do these kids, this school, or this program as a whole justice and I have spent a lot of time sitting staring at my computer wondering how to paint the full picture for you all, just to realize I simply can’t. I will never forget my week at the Benedictine School or the friends I made there—I think of them every day and hope to return someday. I know I consider myself truly blessed for being given this opportunity to grow and change."

Giving Tuesday is a nationally recognized day of generosity held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving encouraging people to do good. Saint Anselm College joined the Giving Tuesday movement in 2017 to inspire Anselmians to collaborate and give back in impactful ways to the college. Annual Giving staff members, managed by Shelagh Daly, and Campus Ministry staff members Susan Gabert and Riley Casey, led the campaign at Saint Anselm College.