Anselmians Collaborate with Manchester Colleges for Second Annual Queen City Day of Service

April 8, 2019

By Kerrin Norton '19

On April 5, Saint Anselm College teamed up with other local Manchester colleges for the second annual city-wide Queen City Day of Service. The Day of Service, which originated last spring, brings together Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester Community College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and University of New Hampshire Manchester in a day of service and stewardship.

“Having the opportunity to have a tangible and visible impact in the community that we all share as Anselmians is extremely powerful,” said Christine Drew, Meelia Center program coordinator for Community Partnerships and one of the main organizers. With the help of Meelia Center Director Dan Forbes and Associate Director Nicole Lora, Drew worked with various coordinators from the other Manchester colleges to integrate students, faculty, and staff and distribute them at various sites in need throughout the city.

The day began at 2 p.m. with a kick-off ceremony in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, which featured the Queen City Cup trophy. Ashley Motta '17, representative of Senator Chris Pappas spoke, as well as Lora and Forbes, praising the efforts of the Saint Anselm community, who had over 100 faculty and staff participants.

“It’s a magical thing to get together and spend the day in our community and to answer the call to serve together as one,” said Lora.

Volunteers then spread throughout the city, visiting sites from Girls at Work to Saint Raphael’s Parish. On campus, Physical Plant staff worked with the QC Bike Collective non-profit, a local bike shop that salvages and recycles parts of donated bikes or returns them to working order to sell at an affordable price. Staff worked to break down the bikes and send them off to the QC Bikes shop, located on Elm Street.

“At Saint Anselm, you instantly learn the hallmarks of hospitality and community- having an openness to other and the call to serve for a common good,” said Jacob Ethier ’20, Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA). “We serve not because we have to, but because we want to. Saint Benedict wrote ‘Go to help the troubled and console the sorrowing…Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.’ Love of Christ and neighbor is tremendously important to all at who call Saint Anselm home.”

Ethier, along with the rest of the SGA volunteers and the Koinonia Society, volunteered at Camp Allen, a summer camp for individuals of all ages with mental or physical disabilities. The students worked to clean up the camp for the approaching season and open house events, cleaning the kitchens, setting up swings and raking.

Across town, Mayor of Manchester Joyce Craig and numerous student volunteers worked at Elmwood Gardens, a collaboration with the Elmwood Garden Tenant Association and Granite State Organizing project to support the educational development of children in grades 1-8 who reside at Elmwood. Activities like t-shirt design, making slime, and imagination blocks were available for the students and facilitated by Day of Service volunteers.

“Day of Service is important because it exposes more people from Saint Anselm and the greater Manchester community to the available services and resources that exist in the community, and to engage with our neighbors,” said volunteer Megan Miller ’19. “I especially love this opportunity because today I get to spend time with children, who I don’t usually get to work with.”

“I’m so grateful that the colleges can come together in this collective effort for our community,” said Mayor Craig “And I know that for Saint Anselm, these efforts go beyond one day.”

 

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