On Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12, members of the Wheaton Community participated in the National Day of Service and Remembrance by volunteering at several local organizations. The Office of Service, Spirituality and Responsibility partnered with Alumnae/i Relations in order to provide opportunities to network through community service.
This is one of the initiatives fueled by President Hanno’s Wheaton Cares Pledge to challenge students, faculty, staff and alumni to spend at least 15 hours in the next year involved in community service. The list of these service activities went out, and students were encouraged to sign up for them.
These activities included volunteering at the Norton Head Start classrooms, cleaning the Norton reservoir, sorting food at the Greater Boston Food Bank, helping out at the Easton Children’s Museum and Rhode Island Women’s Center. Students were encouraged to share their stories and pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #wheatoncares.
This meaningful service weekend was established in order to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. It provides a way for students to give back to the community and also to interact with and strengthen ties with the residents of Norton.