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University Gives the Gift of Holiday Service

Posted 12/19/2014
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Community service is a University of Hartford tradition that takes on a special meaning during the holidays. Here are a few examples of how the campus community has recently helped our neighbors:

Preschool Holiday Party

Children celebrate at the annual Preschool Holiday Party.

For the 19th straight year, the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Center for Community Service hosted a holiday party for more than 100 preschoolers. Children from Hartford’s Noah Webster School were this year’s guests of honor. They danced and played games, had lunch, received a stuffed animal, and of course had their pictures taken with Santa. As is the case each year, volunteers from across campus made the party a success. Thank you to the Campus Activities Team, the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life and their fraternities and sororities, Office of the Dean of Students, Mortensen Library, the Hartt Community Division, University Dining Services, the Career Center, and Student Centers and Activities.

Angel Tree

Toys collected through the Angel Tree project.

The Center for Community Service’s Angel Tree is another annual tradition that helps local children. Each angel on the tree symbolized a pledge to buy a gift for a child at the South Park Inn or the Village for Families & Children. This year, 120 gifts were purchased.

Hartt Trombone Ensemble Holiday Benefit Concert
The Hartt Trombone Ensemble presented its third annual Holiday Benefit Concert to support the COMPASS Youth Collaborative, a nonprofit based in Hartford with a mission to raise expectations, inspire lives, and build peace in the community. They performed holiday favorites arranged for trombones, including “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “A Christmas Song.”

Mitten Tree

Donations of winter clothes hang on the University Libraries' Mitten Tree

The University Libraries collected winter clothes for Hartford’s Center Church to distribute to those in need. Students, faculty, and staff members donated 140 mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves by placing them on the “Mitten Tree” in the Mortensen Library lobby.