About 200 students, faculty, and staff volunteered at agencies throughout the Boston area during the University’s annual Service Day, providing more than 1,000 hours of work to those in need.

Health fair for homeless women

As part of the 14th annual Service Day, Suffolk University students organized and hosted Boston’s first health fair for homeless women, which included dental and other checkups for this under-served population.

Members of the University community also fanned
out to work morning and afternoon shifts at area
organizations during the annual event sponsored by
the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service and Service Learning Center.

The sites served this year include:

Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory, which provides young children with important basics, including clothing, school supplies, and toys Volunteers inspected incoming books, matched clothing, sorted and tested toys, stuffed backpacks, and filled orders.
The Greater Boston Food Bank, where volunteers inspected, sorted, and repacked food and grocery products to be distributed to nearly 600 hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts.
Jumpstart, a program designed to help close the quality gap in early learning. Volunteers participated in story time and other story-related activities at Jumpstart-for-a-Day, a festival of fun and learning for preschool children.
The Franklin Park Coalition, where volunteers worked on an outdoor project to improve and beautify the historic urban park that is part of the “Emerald Necklace” designed for Boston by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Boston Rescue Mission, which offers resources that prevent and end homelessness and to support the recovery, health, faith, and independence of people who have a history of substance abuse, incarceration, and homelessness. Volunteers helped to prepare a meal for members of the community.
The Prison Book Program, which gives books to prisoners, who have little access to educational materials. Volunteers read and sorted letters from prisoners as part of a special on-campus project.