Students Give Back During Dolan School Third Annual Week of Service
From bake sales and playing with preschoolers, to a local town beach cleanup, the Dolan School hosted another successful week of service in March. A planning committee held a series of 15+ events to engage students in community service both on and off campus. This year’s theme selected by students, “Your Change Creates Change” challenged students, faculty, and staff to serve as “men and women for others” in small, but meaningful ways.
The week commenced with students volunteering at ELLI at Fairfield University, an early learning center for children age 12 weeks to five years old. That same day, students kick-started a series of bake sales to raise money for Boys and Girls Village (an organization that serves Connecticut’s most at-risk youth) and for the Jesse Lewis “Choose Love” Foundation which promotes positive interactions and healthy emotional expression educational programs in schools. A snowstorm arriving midweek forced the postponement of the Fairfield town beach clean-up to the following week when Dolan students, joined by Sacred Heart students, cleared debris and collected any trash along the Long Island Sound shore.
The week's signature event, the Lip Sync Battle, reigned in faculty, staff, and students from across campus to gather in Gonzaga Auditorium for an evening of spirited competition. Proceeds from the $5 admission fee helped support nOURish Bridgeport, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that strives to better the lives of those in need in partnership with United Congregational Church in Bridgeport.
The week culminated with a visit from some furry friends. Seniors Ashley DeLuca and Evan Donahue – with support from Kathi Mettler, CPA, coordinator of Graduate Accounting Programs and instructor of the practice in accounting – organized a partnership with the Town of Fairfield Police Department to fundraise for the town’s K9 Unit. The “K9 For A Cause” event gave students the chance to have their photos taken with three K9 officers, including Officer Jake, one of the first K9 officers in the nation to specialize in socialization and PTSD trauma for first responders.
“By all accounts, this year’s Week of Service was a resounding success and reinforced the notion that giving back, in small ways, is meaningful not only to the populations and organizations whom we serve, but also for those who dedicated their time,” said Dawn DeBiase, assistant dean and director of Undergraduate Programs in the Dolan School.