Enhance your studies with 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 USJ’s teaching and learning experience and offers a variety of service opportunities throughout the academic year.
Academic Service Programs
The Wellness Center on Church Street
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 and nutrition education and referrals
Wellness Center Outreach Programs
- Mercy Housing and Shelter: Friendship Center serving breakfast and lunch to anyone in need
- Manna Community Meals: Offers a noon meal and support services, and Manna Assistance & Advocacy provides food and support services to people in need
- 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
Community Engagement Programs
Annual Engagement Events & Opportunities
- 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 service at local non-profit organizations.
Ongoing Engagement Opportunities
- Saint Mary Home Light Keepers — Student volunteers spend an hour each week with an elderly resident in neighboring Saint Mary’s Home
- Catholic Worker House – Offering after school and Saturday activities for neighborhood children.
- Food share – Providing food to local agencies dealing with food insecurity issues.
- Hands On Hartford Backpack program – Providing weekend food for Hartford school children.
- Tutoring opportunities for students in local elementary schools.
For more information on academic service or community engagement programs, contact:
Beth Fischer, RSM, ’76
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Community Engagement
Email: [email protected]
Why Community Engagement Matters
Service is personal, but here are our “top 10” reasons:
- Use your gifts and talents
- Learn to value
- Put your faith into action for the common good
- Build positive relationships with peers and adults
- Become aware of community needs and issues
- Apply academic knowledge and skills
- Develop leadership and social skills
- Explore career options
- Have fun
- Make a difference in someone’s life!