Posts Tagged ‘service’

Hundreds of Volunteers Take Part in 5th Annual Working for Worcester

April 29th, 2017 by Evangelia Stefanakos

Site managers hold up signs with their site names in front of hundreds of volunteers gathered behind Worcester’s City Hall at Working for Worcester’s kick off rally. Working for Worcester, in its fifth year of operation, has raised more than $500,000 in capital, invested more than $1 million in the city in resources and services, mobilized more than 5,000 volunteers and renovated more than 100 sites across the city.

Student volunteers revitalize the interior walls of the Midland Street School in Worcester during the fifth annual Working for Worcester event.

Students Dance to Raise More Than $30,000 For AIDS Research

February 16th, 2016 by csteuer



On Jan. 30, students, staff and alumni at the College of the Holy Cross danced the night away in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom and raised $33,787 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the annual dance marathon hosted by Holy Cross Dance Marathon (HCDM). Participants danced from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., to the theme “Ignite the Night.” Actress Fatima Ptacek, the voice of Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” and an ambassador of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, flew in for the event.  She also blogged about the dance marathon for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s website.



Students Deliver Backpacks Full of School Supplies to Worcester Children

February 4th, 2016 by csteuer




College of the Holy Cross students, Ryan Kingsley ’17 (black Shirt) of North Attleboro and Sean Teebagy ’17 (grey shirt) of Shrewsbury have started “Engage. Educate. Empower.” Both raised $1,000 to purchase, pack, and deliver 48 backpacks to elementary school students at Pernet Family Health Service’s after school program in Worcester on February 2, 2016. Charter TV-3 was on hand to cover the event. The program’s future plans include raising $5,000 by the fall of 2016 to provide 500 backpack bundles to Worcester public elementary schools.

Photography by Tom Rettig


Holy Cross Student Gives Keynote Speech at National Order of the Arrow Conference

September 14th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Donald Stephens ’18, an economics and political science major from Shavertown, Penn., gives the keynote address at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow conference. Stephens addressed 15,000 attendees at the conference, marking the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding. In addition to providing leadership and assisting to execute the event, Stephens participated in various training sessions and programs during the weeklong conference.

Stephens is one of 170,000 selected, out of 3 million Boy Scouts of America members, to the Order of the Arrow. Based on his proven track record of experience in the outdoors and service to others, Stephens was named national vice chief of the Order of the Arrow, the second highest role within the organization. At Holy Cross, he volunteers in the admissions outreach program, campus ministry and is a student worker in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

Learn more about Donald “Donnie” Stephens as he reflects on his time in the Order of the Arrow and the past year helping to plan the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference in this video.

Photography provided by Glen Greube and Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America.

Members of Holy Cross Rowing Team Clear Fire Hydrants

February 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


College of the Holy Cross rowing team members, from left, Kiernan Black ’18, Abby McCarthy ’18, Katherine Packhem ’17, Paige McGeehan ’17, Catherine Greene ’17 and Colleen Brady ’18 shovel out fire hydrants along College Street in Worcester. There are 6,100 fire hydrants across the city of Worcester in need of shoveling. On February 19, the city of Worcester, in conjunction with the Worcester Sharks, Worcester Bravehearts, the DCU Center and the Harlem Globetrotters announced the ‪#‎woochallenge on Facebook, offering prize packages to Worcester residents who help the city dig out from this winter’s record-breaking snow and improve public safety in their community.‬‬‬

Photo by Tom Rettig.

Valentine’s Day Reading and Crafting in the Community

February 14th, 2015 by Evangelia Stefanakos

Five student athletes, coordinated through the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), spent their Valentine’s Day reading children’s books about Clifford the Big Red Dog, and making arts and crafts with young children. Through the event — which was sponsored by Edward Street Child Services and held at Rotmans Furniture and Carpet Store — the volunteers from the women’s field hockey team helped to promote child literacy.


Kathryn Cronin ’16 reads to children from the Worcester community alongside Clifford the Big Red Dog.


(from left to right) Lauren Sutherland ’17, Gabriella Smith ’17, Kathryn Nutting ’17, Audra Kinney ’17, and Kathryn Cronin ’16
Photographs by Rose Hayes, director of special projects at Edward Street Child Services

Students Raise $30,000 for Pediatric AIDS Foundation

January 25th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Approximately 150 members of the Holy Cross community danced the night away in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom at the annual dance marathon  hosted by Holy Cross Dance Marathon. Together, students, staff and alumni raised $30,755.60 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.



Photos by Kevin Madrigal ’15

Non-Profit Careers Conference

January 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey


Margot LaFortune Flionis ’89 of Framingham Public Schools attends the Alumni Dinner during the Non-Profit Careers Conference.

The annual Nonprofit Careers Conference hosted by the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning and the Career Planning Center is for students considering careers in nonprofit and community based organizations, activism, public service, and social change. The program is taught by Holy Cross alumni, faculty and staff working within a nonprofit or public service setting.

Students collect non-perishable food for local Thanksgiving celebrations

November 25th, 2014 by Jessica McCaughey


This holiday season, members of the Holy Cross Inter-House Council collected non-perishable food items for local families at the Nativity School of Worcester.


57 families received baskets for their Thanksgiving celebrations. Joel Kent, Director of Operations at the Nativity School shares that these were “some of the happiest moments we’ve ever had at Nativity Worcester.”



Photos provided by the Nativity School of Worcester.

Holy Cross Students Help at Worcester’s Day of Play

June 16th, 2014 by evstef14

On June 14, members of the Holy Cross football team helped set up Worcester’s Day of Play. Held at Elm Park, the annual event is designed to engage children (ages 3 to 10) in various forms of “play,” and to highlight the importance of playing by offering a vast range of activities for kids—everything from building rockets to performing in a play. Holy Cross student, Caroline McCabe ’15, was also at the event, having interned with Day of Play for the summer.