For eight consecutive years, the Office of Community Service has sponsored the Angel Tree program in partnership with local agencies such as Child & Family, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the Salvation Army. Through the program, members of the Salve Regina community have donated thousands of holiday gifts to local children in need.
Better World Books Drive
Each semester, students donate their unwanted textbooks to the Better World Books Book Drive, which supports Invisible Children, an organization that works to raise awareness about the children of Uganda. Unwanted books become the means to rebuild schools and provide scholarships to students in northern Uganda.
Day of Service
Students volunteer for a variety of community partners each April. Sites include Head Start, the Newport Public Library, the McKinney Shelter and the Salvation Army.
During a one-week period at the end of the academic year, more than 15 vans are filled with donations such as food, clothing, furniture and household items. Students play an essential role in the pickup, sorting and drop-off process. Collected items are donated to Big Sisters of Rhode Island, Child & Family, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, the McKinney Shelter, the Women's Resource Center and several local families.
Each year, Children from Child & Family and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center are invited to Salve Regina's residence halls to participate in a Halloween party and trick-or-treating. The event provides a safe environment for disadvantaged youth to enjoy Halloween.
Positive Role Model Program
On Monday nights, Salve Regina students work in a small group setting with children from Child & Family group homes. Students take the children to dinner in the dining hall on campus and then work together on an organized activity. Previous activities have included movie nights, Zumba and scrapbooking.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Each year, the Office of Community Service partners with several other offices and departments on campus to collect non-perishable food items for those less fortunate during the Thanksgiving season. The food drive benefits Child & Family, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, the McKinney Shelter and Saint Vincent's Home.