Serving hot meals at a soup kitchen, helping children with homework, and rebuilding a house are some of the many ways Hofstra students are giving back this spring break.
In years past, Hofstra’s spring break community outreach programs have sent students all over the country to volunteer. This year, students focused much of their service work on Hofstra’s neighbors, volunteering with several local community organizations.
One project saw students mentoring third graders involved in an after-school enrichment program at St. Martin de Porres Marianist School in Uniondale. They helped students with their homework, played games, and even painted eggs to get ready for Easter.
Business management major Sarah Schonmann ’22 spent the afternoon with her new friend C.J., helping him understand metaphors and similes. “I love connecting with kids,” said Schonmann. “And this is a great way to be productive and give back.”
Hofstra’s community outreach program was founded in 2006 when the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) collaborated with the Interfaith Center and Student Government Association to volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The program, which operates out of Hofstra’s Commuting Student Services and Community Outreach department, has since grown to consist of both local and national efforts.
“Our students really show their pride and purpose when they’re giving back to our neighbors,” said Anita Ellis, director of Commuting Student Services and Community Outreach. “This has been a great week with students spending their spring break lending a smile and a helping hand.”
Students also worked with Chef A.J. Marisi from Vincent’s Clam Bar to prepare a meal for residents at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
In addition to local efforts, Hofstra’s Habitat for Humanity group went down to Athens, Georgia over spring break for Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program. Students had the opportunity to renovate a Habitat house, tearing down old shingles, re-roofing, painting, hanging cabinets, and more.