Rivier’s fourth annual First-Year Student Day of Service contributed hundreds of service hours to Greater Nashua non-profit organizations on Saturday, April 16. Nearly 200 Rivier first-year students, 20 upper-class peer mentors, and supporting staff members participated in the event. Community service hours supported area agencies serving the needs of at-risk populations.
The First-Year Student Day of Service is a component of the University’s Student Success: Campus to Community program. This year-long course helps students strengthen their academic skills and promotes cultural awareness, commitment to service, and vocational discernment. “The event directly aligns with Rivier’s mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,” says Dr. Brad Stull, Professor of English and General Education Coordinator. “The Day’s events connect our students with the Nashua community in very positive and tangible ways.”
Student volunteered their time and talents at Anne-Marie House, the Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, Girls Inc. of Greater Nashua, Harbor Homes, the Hunt Community, PLUS Company, Nashua Parks and Recreation, Nashua Police Athletics League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, and the YMCA.
Rivier University’s Biology Club held its 12th annual Earth Day Charitable Road Race/Walk, with proceeds to benefit Beaver Brook Association in Hollis.Students set up the 5K race route, welcomed and registered participants, and directed racers as they navigated the course through the streets of Nashua on Saturday morning.
The Great American Downtown, led by Rivier alumnus Paul Shea ’07, organized Nashua Pride Downtown Park Cleanup Day to coincide with the First-Year Student Day of Service. Rivier students participated, along with more than 150 volunteers from other community organizations, in the cleanup of parks and trails around the city’s center.
“We are thankful for our community partners’ willingness to host our student volunteers again this year,” says Donny Guillemette, Rivier’s Service Learning Coordinator. “Many students tell me they get back much more than they give, and the experience often motivates them to continue as volunteers with their host organizations.”