NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina’s social work department has organized a volunteer service day for its majors, parents, faculty and alumni to be held on Sunday, April 21 at several human service agencies on Aquidneck Island.
The service day, “Spring Cleaning: Lending a Helping Hand” will send participants (more than 100 have volunteered so far) to help out with various spring cleaning, yardwork, etc. at surrounding social service agencies for the day. Agencies where the volunteers will be working on Sunday include: Boys Town New England in Portsmouth, Women’s Resource Center of Newport, The Met School and Grand Islander Nursing Home in Middletown.
“We are organizing this event because it’s an opportunity for students to give back to places that do so much for our communities and don't receive the support or recognition they deserve,” said Carolyn Artesani, a junior social work major and one of the event’s organizers. “One of the core values of social work is service, and by planning and participating in the Service Day, we are fulfilling this value, and are helping these agencies that do so much for our communities without expecting anything in return. It’s a great way for family and friends to learn about these agencies and spread awareness about what they do and how important they are.”
Volunteers will be involved with a variety of activities including painting, planting, gardening, raking and other types of activities with which the agencies need assistance. The Service Day will help to bring social work majors together, allow family and friends to get involved with the Salve community, and also help social service agencies in the area.
After the day-long service day, participants will gather at the university’s Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue, for a panel discussion about the day’s events. Participants will process the various experiences and brainstorm additional ways in which the social work department can continue to foster meaningful volunteer and lifelong learning experiences.