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Community Building with the Class of 2017

On September 8th, 2013 Institutional Service Coordinator Ilana Scandariato organized Dwight Hall’s Freshmen Day of Service.  Dwight Hall’s mission is to foster civic-minded student leaders and to promote service and activism in New Haven and around the world.  Yale University President Peter Salovey spoke at the event.  President Salovey noted that when alumni ask him what Yale is doing to nurture student-leader development, he refers to the community development opportunities found within New Haven.  He explained that New Haven has all the excitement and activity found within a large city, but is also small enough to get “get your hands around it, dig in, and make a difference.”

Dwight Hall is proud to be a member of the New Haven community and wants the incoming freshmen to enjoy their undergraduate years here.  The Freshmen Day of Service provides service at 10 sites throughout New Haven and gives freshmen an opportunity to dig in and make a difference.  120 freshmen registered for the event and were lead by upperclassmen student-leaders.  Thank you to all involved including event organizers, host sites, President Salovey, and our volunteers!

Link to Peter Salovey’s Address 

List of Service Sites:

  1. Neighborhood Housing Services – Students painted a house and landscaped a garden for the community.
  2. Harkness House- Students completed a paving project for Harkness House, a housing facility for homeless veterans.
  3. Sojourner’s Place – Students completed a paving project for Sojourner’s Place, a housing facility that services many New Haven residents in need.
  4. Eli Whitney Museum- Students assembled supply packets and curriculum materials for students who visit museum which is focuses on science and engineering enrichment for the children of New Haven.
  5. Ronald McDonald House – Students participated in outdoor projects and engaged with the residents at Ronald McDonald House, an affordable option for families to stay in New Haven while their children are receiving long-term care at Yale-New Haven Hospital or Smilow Cancer Center.
  6. New Haven Reads – Students organized bookshelves and sorted donations at New Haven Reads, an organization that provides tutoring services and free books for children.
  7. New Haven Land Trust Community Garden – Students helped to put the finishing touches on a new community garden that will be opening in a neighborhood in need of a green space.
  8. CitySeed – Students helped CitySeed out with a variety of projects including flyering Yale’s campus and Chapel Street to advertise for farmers markets; some volunteers visited the farmers markets and volunteered at the Green Expo event.
  9. Beacon Self-Directed Learning – Students painted and fixed up this facility on Whalley Avenue which focuses on alternative types of learning so student have the opportunity to pursue activates of interest to them, such as learning to play an instrument.
  10. Chapel Haven – Students repainted an area of Chapel Haven’s recreational facility with is a residence for adults with mental disability which teaches independent living and jobs skills