More than 500 volunteers from Fairfield University to participate in annual Hunger Cleanup


More than 500 students, faculty and staff from Fairfield University will participate in this year's Campus Ministry-sponsored Hunger Cleanup Program at some 43 worksites throughout Fairfield County this Saturday, April 5.

The volunteers will work on everything from painting and cleaning to watching children, depending on the needs of the various worksites, which are located throughout Fairfield County. The volunteers have already solicited sponsors to donate money based on their hours of work. Those contributions will go to local programs and grass roots initiatives in underdeveloped nations, as well as for raising awareness about hunger and homelessness here at home. The total amount donated will be announced Saturday afternoon. Last year Fairfield University volunteers raised about $13,000 through the Hunger Cleanup. This year, Fairfield volunteers hope to raise $15,000.

About 150 colleges and universities nationwide participate in the Hunger Cleanup, which is a program of the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness. The group has regularly awarded Fairfield University its Gold Medal of Excellence.

Volunteers will meet behind Alumni Hall at Fairfield University at about 9 a.m. and fan out to the various worksites. Work will finish at about 1:30 p.m. at which time they will return to the University.

"Hunger Cleanup is a great event to allow everyone on campus to come together and help out those in need," said Christopher Dill '03, a resident of Guilford, Conn. and one of the chairs of this year's Hunger Cleanup. "It may be only one day, but it makes a significant difference to the people in Fairfield County."

A listing of this year's worksites is provided below.

Worksites:

Alpha Home 336-4292 x103 Bridgeport
American Red Cross 576-1010 x24 Bridgeport
ASPIRA of Connecticut 336-5762 Bridgeport
Blessed Sacrament 333-1202 Bridgeport
Bread and Roses (McKinney House) 388-0187 Stamford
Bridge House 335-5339 Bridgeport
Bridgeport Rescue Mission 333-4087 x104 Bridgeport
Center for Women and Families 334-6154 Bridgeport
East End Community Center 334-7622 Bridgeport
East Main Street Revitalization Association 576-7160 Bridgeport
Easton Senior Center 268-1145 Easton
Fairfield Senior Center 256-3169 Fairfield
Family Matters Playskool at Calvary Church 371-2000 Bridgeport
Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council 334-3145 x3014 Bridgeport
Golden Hill United Methodist Church 368-4485 Bridgeport
Groundwork Bridgeport 332-1721 Bridgeport
Habitat for Humanity Greater Bridgeport 255-0257 Bridgeport
Holy Family Church 336-1835 Fairfield
Isaiah 61:1, Inc./Mary Magdalene House 368-6116 Bridgeport
Isaiah House 367-9440 Bridgeport
Kennedy Center 332-4535 x240 Bridgeport
Kennedy Center (Beacon Court) 365-8522 x200 Trumbull
McGivney Community Center 333-2789 Bridgeport
Mercy Learning Center 334-6699 Bridgeport
Mohonk Children's Home 226-6665 Westport
NightRunners Christian Ministries, Inc. 330-1805 Bridgeport
Operation Hope 254-2935 x205 Fairfield
Probus House 365-8522 x200 Bridgeport
Project Return 222-8129 Westport
Salvation Army 334-0995 Bridgeport
South End Community Center/YMCA 377-0689 Stratford
St. Anne's Church 368-1607 Bridgeport
St. Anne's School 334-5856 Bridgeport
St. George's Community Supper 333-2642 x111 Bridgeport
St. John's Parish 335-2528 Bridgeport
Sterling House Community Center 378-2606 x113 Stratford
Sullivan-McKinney Elder Housing 259-1991 Fairfield
Thomas Merton Family Center 366-0443 Bridgeport
Trumbull Social Services 452-5199 Trumbull
United Cerebal Palsy 576-7160 Bridgeport
Wakeman Boys/Girls Club 259-4805 Southport
WestSide Community Council 332-7404 Bridgeport
YMCA Shore Area 366-2809 Bridgeport

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 4, 2003

Vol. 35, No. 256