Office of Community Engagement

Office of Community Engagement

“The call to serve takes many forms in the life of a compassionate heart.”

— Maryanne Radmacher

The Office of Community Engagement promotes and facilitates service as an integral part of the University’s teaching & learning experiences. A variety of academic and community service opportunities are available to students throughout the year.

Stop by the Office, located on the second floor of McGovern Hall, to learn more!

Academic Service Programs

The Wellness Center

Through this partnership with the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry (via St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in downtown Hartford), USJ students provide services to the underserved population, including

  • Blood pressure and glucose screenings,
  • Health, nutrition, and medication education
  • Health referrals
  • Meal preparation and service

See how USJ students engage with the Wellness Center.

Wellness Center Outreach Programs

  • Catherine’s Place: provides transitional housing & support services to women
  • Manna Community Meals: offers a noon meal and support services
  • The Sandwich Ministry: offers sandwiches & fellowship to people in need
  • The Malta House of Care: a mobile health clinic offering free primary health care to the uninsured population
  • The Malta House of Care/St. Justin’s Food Pantry: enhances the health and well-being of those served by the pantry

Get involved! For more information, contact:

Beth Fischer, RSM, '76, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Community Engagement

[email protected]
McGovern Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 6

Community Service Programs

Annual Service Events and Opportunities

  • Alternative Spring Break — Each spring, USJ students and staff hit the road for a week of service, working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. See highlights from the 2016 trip to Georgetown, Delaware.
  • Mercy Week & Mercy Day of Service — Each September, USJ celebrates its Mercy roots with a week-long celebration of service and a day devoted to local non-profit organizations.
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive – Twice a year, USJ hosts a blood drive with the American Red Cross, providing great volunteer opportunities and a much-needed service.
  • Cardboard City – USJ students join students from other area colleges and non-profit organizations to raise awareness of and supplies for the homeless
  • #GivingTuesday — USJ joins this national service movement by contributing to a variety of local causes

Ongoing Service Opportunities

  • Saint Mary Home Light Keepers — Student volunteers spend an hour each week with an elderly resident in neighboring Saint Mary’s Home 
  • Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy — Students visit Hartford elementary school classes for a half hour each week to read to students and develop mentoring relationships

Get involved! For more information, contact:

Coordinator of Community Engagement

McGovern Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 3


Why Give Service?

Service is personal, but here are our "top 10" reasons:

  1. Use your gifts and talents
  2. Learn to value
  3. Put your faith into action for the common good
  4. Build positive relationships with peers and adults
  5. Become aware of community needs and issues
  6. Apply academic knowledge and skills
  7. Develop leadership and social skills
  8. Explore career options
  9. Have fun
  10. Make a difference in someone's life!