Students Participate in Day of Giving

August 24, 2022
Submitted By: Office of Marketing and Communication

Before kicking off the school year, Resident Learning Community students at the University of Hartford took trips off campus to volunteer at local parks and outdoor spaces. The first-year students had the opportunity to better learn about each other and the surrounding area, while helping our community partners.

The Honors RLC headed to Hammonasset Beach State Park, where they were led by UHart faculty member Katherine Owens (and featured in Madison’s local newspaper, The Source). Owens is a National Geographic Explorer who’s passionate about civic engagement and using art to address political and environmental problems. The students used a Marine Debris Tracker to record their collection amounts and provide data to scientists.

The Wellness RLC students made their way to Camp Courant to help prepare the grounds for this year's Buddy Bash Gala, themed "Play with Purpose!" Students weeded camp grounds and painted oversized game pieces for the important fundraiser.

The STEM-C RLC crew went to Keney Park in Windsor to participate in a sustainability project. While volunteering, they worked in the gardens and throughout the park to weed, clean up litter, and even play with their onsite animals to provide enrichment.

The Cultural Connections RLC group worked at Wickham Park in Manchester to rake and lay mulch that will benefit the daily operations of the park.

These projects were a wonderful opportunity for students to connect to each other and their community, while giving back to their neighbors across Connecticut.