Suffolk volunteers offered their support to local organizations throughout Boston during the 19th annual Service Day sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement.
Fulfilling the service theme “Think Global, Act Local,” 121 volunteers helped out at more than 10 projects during morning, afternoon, and evening shifts on April 8.
“It's a day when you get to be with your friends and do something good for other people,” said Andrea Royo, who took the T to Jamaica Plain with a dozen other students to volunteer at Community Servings. The group of students packed bags of food according to the dietary needs of the organization’s clients, who have health problems that keep them at home. The packages were then delivered to the clients’ doors.
After publicizing Service Day for several weeks, “we had a great response, and people were really excited to be part of it,” said Royo, a freshman. “It gives meaning and purpose to our work here in the Center for Community Engagement.”
Service Day, open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff, is the pinnacle of the year’s community engagement activities and includes a lunchtime celebration.
This year’s projects included:
- Boston Rescue Mission
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- St. Francis House
- Community Servings
- Cradles to Crayons
- More than Words
- New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans