Annual Day of Service sends Rivier students into the community

Riv Serves volunteers at Anne-Marie House in Hudson, NH

Rivier’s fifth annual First-Year Student Day of Service contributed hundreds of service hours to Greater Nashua non-profit organizations on Saturday, April 22. More than 250 Rivier first-year students, 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.

2017DayofService2The 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 efforts engage students as servant leaders within the local community and sets them on a path toward greater service to the global community.”

Students 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 Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.

Rivier University’s Biology Club held its 13th annual Earth Day Charitable Road Race/Walk, with proceeds benefiting 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.

For the second year, The Great American Downtown, led by Rivier alumnus Paul Shea ’07, hosted Downtown Nashua Pride Day to coincide with the First-Year Student Day of Service. Rivier students participated, along with volunteers from other community organizations, in the cleanup of parks and trails around Nashua city center.

“This collaborative event brings the Rivier community and our neighbors together in a unique way,” says Donny Guillemette, Rivier’s Service Learning Coordinator. “The students’ investment of time in the community and non-profit agencies creates greater awareness of local community needs and opportunities to serve.”