NEWPORT, R.I. – A wave of volunteers dressed in blue will sweep over Aquidneck Island on Sept. 3 when approximately 500 Salve Regina University first-year students, their New Student Seminar peers and First Year Experience mentors embark on a mission of community service.
Most students will be traveling by bus, some by boat, to various locations in Newport County to perform a variety of volunteer work, from organization and cleaning projects, to painting and repair work, to volunteering in classrooms and with the elderly, to gardening and construction projects, to preparing meals and conducting educational activities.
Locations include Boys Town New England, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Child & Family, James L. Maher Center, Save the Bay, Bike Newport, Fort Adams, McKinney Shelter, East Bay Community Action Program, St. Paul’s Church, Martin Luther King Center, Newport Art Museum, Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, Heatherwood Nursing and Rehab Center, St. Clare Home, Seamen’s Church Institute, Mumford Manor, Salvation Army, Cluny School, Rose Island Light House, Learning Unlimited and more.
The students will meet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast at the newly renovated Miley Cafeteria and check in at Rodgers Recreation Center, where opening ceremonies will be conducted at 9 a.m. Buses and vans will depart from campus to the various locations beginning at 9:15 a.m. The volunteer work will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to noon, after which the students will return to campus for lunch before attending the university’s annual Academic Convocation ceremony at 3 p.m. at Wakehurst Student Center.