|What a year for Community Service! Students, staff and faculty alike volunteered their time and efforts to help in neighborhoods and at non-profits locally, nationally and internationally. I would like to share with you some accomplishments from this past academic year.
In total, Endicott students, faculty, and staff contributed over 19,000 hours of Community Service. 1,376 students and 77 staff/faculty volunteered their time to many local organizations such as the Open Door Food Pantry, North East ARC, Beverly Bootstraps and the Girdler House to name a few.
Students worked to raise money for two Alternative Break programs. During the winter break Endicott College partnered with Connect-123 to provide 16 students and 2 staff chaperones the opportunity to volunteer and share their passion and enthusiasm with children at three different hospitals and orphanage sites in Cape Town, South Africa. Spring Break once again joined forces with Habitat for Humanity and saw 24 students and two staff spend their vacation hammering, plastering and roofing among other tasks, to provide affordable housing for families in Laredo, Texas. As well, we had two students do volunteer work on their own over their respective breaks. One volunteered with HQ in India over her winter break while the other volunteered with Ho Hoe Women's Clinic in Ghana on a service trip with cultural solutions during her spring break.
Due in part to several of our athletic teams, Endicott saw its largest contingency ever participate in NSCDC’s Annual Polar Plunge. The fundraiser brought in more than $40,000, which will directly serve homeless and low-income families of Beverly and Salem with shelter and quality, affordable housing through North Shore CDC and the River House.
To round out the year, over 350 students and staff participated in this year's Relay for Life and together they raised $36,000 for the American Cancer Society.