At the University of Hartford, giving back is a big part of who we are. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than the annual Hawks Helping Hartford Day of Service. More than 1,000 students have spent a day volunteering in city neighborhoods since the event began in 2011. This year, 50 alumni, many of whom graduated before Day of Service tradition began, also volunteered their time, spreading UHart’s sense of community throughout the United States and as far away as Uganda.
“’Hawks Helping’ is a great way for students and alumni to express their connection to the University and our mission of giving back,“ says Matthew Blocker-Glynn, director of the University’s Center for Community Service. “It is important they realize service is meaningful and that time is just as valuable as money,” Blocker-Glynn adds.
Heidi Rosenthal-Davis ’85 volunteered at the SPCA in Tampa Bay, Fla., which helps animals find new homes. Tina Filardo ’09 ran as a guide for Achilles Boston, an organization that pairs athletes with disabilities and veterans with guides. These are just two examples of the many projects alumni participated in. You can see more examples on the University of Hartford Alumni Facebook page.
Here in Hartford, 350 students, staff, and faculty volunteered at 25 non-profit organizations doing everything from serving food at homeless shelters to working with children in need. See more of what they did and how it made them feel here.