Last year 2,500 students, faculty and staff volunteered more than 50,000 hours of service in the community through opportunities such as academic mentoring and tutoring in the Bridgeport Public Schools, programs such as CURTIS Week, Community Connections and Habitat for Humanity
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Sacred Heart University’s Student Government exceeded the goal for its second annual Hunger Project, packing more than 50,000 meals for Bridgeport food pantries and soup kitchens. Students leading the project—Anthony Smith, class of 2020 president; Gabe Bitencourt, class of 2021 president; and Sarah Kosha, student government president—partnered with Meals of Hope, a company that practices a hands-on approach to battling hunger, to run the event. Meals of Hope provides healthy, good-tasting, affordable meal components to organizations and companies that sponsor and host community food distribution activities like the Hunger Project.
Sacred Heart University will host its 11th annual Relay For Life fundraiser Friday, April 5, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the University’s William H. Pitt Center. This year’s theme is Hawaiian Getaway. Relay For Life (or ReLei For Life as this year’s organizers are calling it) is a walk-a-thon that raises money for the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research and assist patients and their caregivers. The event also celebrates people who have survived cancer. Registration is $15 per person, and participants are asked to solicit donations through pledges. Event organizers hope to raise $25,000 this year. To create or join a team, or to make a donation, visit www.relayforlife.org/sacredheart.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Daniels Farm Elementary School gained insight into the future when 13 students from Sacred Heart University’s Business Administration Club visited recently to assist Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County in a one-day experiential teaching session. The SHU group was led by Prof. Tuvana Rua, advisor for the BA Club, while Senior District Manager Meg Melagrano served as JA’s point person.