Community service is a longstanding tradition at the University of Hartford. From service-learning projects in our local neighborhoods to alternative spring break trips to assist communities in need across the country, our students volunteer throughout the year. But on one day each April, campus volunteers all come together for “Hawks Helping Hartford.” Nearly 300 students participated this year.
“Through Hawks Helping Hartford, students get a sense of community and a pride in what they do,” says Matthew Blocker-Glynn, director of the University’s Center for Community Service.
Carmine Farese ’16, an architectural engineering major in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, agrees.
“It feels so great to make a difference in the community,” says Carmine. Last year, Carmine was required to participate, and he liked it so much that he volunteered to do it again. He and nine other students packaged bread at Foodshare in Bloomfield, Conn. Other students did projects at homeless shelters and other area nonprofits, and some picked up trash on Albany Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Hartford.
The volunteer experience didn’t just make Carmine feel good about helping the community, he says he also made a lot of friends and learned to work in a team. “A group can make more change than individuals,” he says.
This year, as a site leader, Carmine was responsible for making sure his group did its work and everything ran smoothly. These are leadership skills he can use when he starts work as a project engineer at KBE Building Corporation after graduation in May. And he plans to continue his new tradition of community service after graduation as well.