Saint Anselm Gives to Community at Queen City Day of Service

April 10, 2018

By Chip Underhill

Over 200 students, faculty, and staff from Saint Anselm College joined the inaugural “Queen City Day of Service” on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Manchester, demonstrating the college’s legacy of community service. Daniel Forbes, director of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement at Saint Anselm College, says the turnout included a robust 183 pre-registered participants, yet over 20 additional members of the Saint Anselm community joined the project that day.

The Queen City Day of Service was the inaugural collaboration of volunteer efforts by five Manchester colleges to assist nonprofit agencies in Greater Manchester. Participating schools were Saint Anselm College, Manchester Community College, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. All five schools are members of Campus Compact, a national coalition of high education institutions that builds civic engagement in their campus cultures.

Matt Solomon, Class of 2020 at Saint Anselm, volunteered for Rise Against Hunger. He says it was enlightening to learn the extent to which other colleges and universities in New Hampshire are doing so much good for the community. “We know at Saint Anselm how much service our college performs but it was exciting and fulfilling to be part of something larger,” he says.

Solomon reports the volunteers for Rise Against Hunger far exceeded the goal of packing 10,000 ready-to-cook meals for the needy: “We packed 16,000 meals. We worked fast!”

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig thanked the Saint Anselm contingent at a kickoff rally prior to volunteers dispersing to sites around Greater Manchester, saying, “It is wonderful to have our community come together like this.” Mayor Craig noted that Saint Anselm College holds a special place in her heart, as her grandfather graduated from the college.

For the Queen City Day of Service, Saint Anselm community members deployed to 18 non-profit sites, including Elmwood Gardens, the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, and Pine Haven Boys Center, where the college provided 100% of requested labor for those sites. In other locations, along with participants from other schools, Anselmians volunteered at Rise Against Hunger, Camp Allen, Meals on Wheels, Liberty House, the New Hampshire Food Bank, the Community Bike Shop, Webster House, Child and Family Services, and the Cub Scout’s Fort Friendship at Camp Carpenter.

Responsibilities included clean-up, set-up, meal packaging, sorting of donated items, and general organization. By day’s end, hundreds of the participating members from the five school communities donated thousands of hours in assisting Greater Manchester non-profit agencies.

Anchored by the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and Campus Ministry, Saint Anselm College has a history and a strong culture of service to dozens of in-need communities. During winter and spring breaks, Campus Ministry coordinates twice-yearly Service & Solidarity Missions at domestic locations, Costa Rica, and Haiti. For immigrant and refugee high school students in Manchester, the Meelia Center runs Access Academy, a program that develops skills and opportunities for careers and higher education. In 2017, the Princeton Review ranked Saint Anselm College fifth in the United States among colleges and universities for commitment to community service.

“This unique five-school collaboration is very much in keeping with our institutional focus on building partnerships that address real-world challenges in New Hampshire communities and beyond,” said Steven R. DiSalvo, President, Saint Anselm College.

 

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Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in southern New Hampshire near Boston and the seacoast, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts and nursing programs as well as for the New Hampshire Institute of Politicswww.anselm.edu

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