All Campuses Get in the Spirit of Service for CNR's Seventh Annual Community Service Day


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The College of New Rochelle helped athletes at a Special Olympics Competition on the New Rochelle Campus, spent an afternoon with local seniors at the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus, and donated food and school supplies to non-profit organizations at all other campuses during the College’s Seventh Annual Community Service Day held on April 18, 2012.

"I am always in awe of the generosity of our community who come out on days like this to be of service to others," said Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, which organized the event.

Students, faculty, and staff organized and refereed basketball and football games, facilitated health check-up stations, photographed the events, and baked cupcakes for the Public School Sports League (PSSL) Special Olympics athletes, and made monetary donations to purchase items for a goodie bags for the athletes. The PSSL is a consortium of middle and high schools students from Westchester and Putnam counties.

Members of the CNR Community were also involved in community service activities on all city campuses of the College’s School of New Resources. Students and staff at the John Cardinal O’Connor Campus had a “Day With The Seniors” from St. Vincent De Paul Nursing Home and Mott Haven Reformed Church. Seniors were hosted to a light brunch, followed by entertainment.

A “1000-Cans Drive” of non-perishable food items for Concourse House, a home for women and their children, were collected by the students, faculty and staff of the Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem.

At the Brooklyn Campus over 350 books were donated to the Little Sun People Daycare Center in Restoration Plaza, a preschool for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

The Co-op City Campus held a “Family Food Pantry Collection” for the Town & Country Family Shelter. This shelter in the Bronx assists victim of domestic violence in transitioning to safe environments.

In Manhattan, at CNR’s DC-37 Campus, school supplies were assembled in a “Totes For Teachers Drive” to give to classes taught by Local 372 Board of Education DC-37 Union members.

Approximately 200 students, faculty and staff from all six campuses of The College of New Rochelle participated in this annual volunteer day.

Says Helen Wolf, “The College of New Rochelle responds to the Gospel call to help those in need: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned and the sick. This call in Matthew’s Gospel teaches its readers that it is by service to those in need that humanity will find the road to God.”

Pictured at top: Students from PSSL participate in the Special Olympics.

Pictured below (l-r): SNR student Isabel Martinez, and Kersha Smith, Campus Director of the Brooklyn Campus.

Pictured at bottom: Students from PSSL participate in arts and crafts.