2017 in Review: Anselmians Give Back

To be an Anselmian is to give back as a way of life. In 2017, The Princeton Review ranked Saint Anselm College fifth in the nation for students most engaged in community service. During the 2016-17 academic year, students contributed at least 51,907 hours of service. Below, we have featured some of the causes, groups, and individuals who help to represent the ways in which Anselmians have given back to our local and global community.

Students Serve at Home and Abroad over Winter and Spring Breaks

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For 27 years, the Office of Campus Ministry has provided students opportunities to forgo their traditionally academic breaks and instead serve the world through the Service and Solidarity program.

This year, over 200 Anselmians served those in need in the United States and the Dominican Republic during winter and spring breaks.

144 students celebrated the new year by traveling to nine different regions of the United States, and sending one group of students abroad to the Dominican Republic. Domestically, students traveled to Maryland, Louisiana, Virginia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Arizona, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Students helped in various capacities, some helped with the refugee resettlement process here in Manchester, while others served meals at soup kitchens, renovated homes, worked at schools, and helped elderly and underprivileged children.

In February, 95 students traveled to seven different host agencies in Mississippi, Kentucky, New York, Maine, Maryland, and South Dakota. These groups focused on a myriad of ways to better the community from building and renovating houses, teaching in schools, providing disaster relief, and serving and delivering food.

College Raises Over $100,000 during Relay for Life

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Once again, Saint Anselm College had a record-breaking evening at the tenth-annual Sr. Pauline Relay for Life event on April 7. At least 1,000 students, faculty, and staff on 66 teams gathered in the Carr Center to honor survivors and those who have lost their battle with cancer, while raising over $100,000 for cancer research and services.

Relay For Life 2017

The college’s Relay for Life is named in honor of Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C., a former Campus Minister at the college who passed away from cancer in May 2009. In 2008, Sr. Pauline was a champion of this event, serving as the Grand Marshal. This year, Director of the Dana Center, Robert “Bob” Shea served as the 2017 Grand Marshal and keynote speaker.

Prior to a blessing, offered by Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B., the friends and family of the event's namesake, Sr. Pauline Lucier, C.S.C., a longtime campus minister, were also recognized. Kerrin Norton '19, who garnered the top fundraising total of $2,520 among all participants also spoke to the crowd later in the evening.

Events every hour throughout the night included musical chairs, tug-of-war, and limbo, as well as the popular hair donation through Pantene's “Beautiful Lengths” program to create wigs for women battling cancer.

Students Deliver Food, Furniture, and Clothing to Families in Need

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More than 80 local families, and several charitable organizations benefited from the generosity of Anselmians who donated couches, pasta, sweatshirts, along with cleaning supplies, and other dorm room and apartment necessities as part of the 11 annual the Food, Clothing and Furniture (FCF) Drive.

Food, Clothing & Furniture Drive 2017

Collecting more than 60 couches, small refrigerators, boxes of food, and bags of clothing. A sorting station was created in the Carr Center, where volunteers organized and labeled thousands of items for delivery. Over the course of the weekend, dozens of stops were made in Manchester and surrounding communities, furnishing homes and filling cupboards.

Student Walk 130 Miles for Charity

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For the nineteenth year, Saint Anselm forty-five students walked 130 miles to campus from Lewiston, Maine—rain or shine—to raise money for nine deserving charities in Maine and New Hampshire as part of the annual Road for Hope (RFH).

Road For Hope 2017

This year, the students raised over $25,000, walking a route first imagined by Fr. Seamus Griesbach, a Maine native and Saint Anselm College alumnus, who mapped and walked the road that has evolved into the current-day program. Along their journey, participants were visited by representatives from the charities for which they raise money, learning about the charities’ needs, long term and short term.

College Community Donates Record Number of Thanksgiving Baskets

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In its 15th year, the 2017 Thanksgiving Basket Blessing provided a record total of 145 baskets, according to Joycelin Raho, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Anselm College. Since 2004, the Saint Anselm College community has donated over 1,000 full Thanksgiving dinners to the needy, with turkey, stuffing, sides, desserts and much more.

Baskets are distributed by New Hampshire Catholic Charities and the Merrimack Valley Assistance Program (MVAP). Resettled families from Africa, North, South and Latin America, and Puerto Rico are recipients of Thanksgiving baskets via the Merrimack Valley Assistance Program (MVAP).