Queen City Colleges Unite for Day of Service

Jennifer Robertson on 03.29.18

Queen City Colleges Unite for a Day of Service to Benefit Thousands of Manchester Residents

Manchester Community College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Saint Anselm, Southern NH University, and UNH Manchester ally for broad community impact


Manchester, NH, April 2, 2018—As part of their mission both to educate students for civic responsibility and to serve as vital community resources, five Manchester colleges and universities are joining together for a first-of-its-kind Queen City Colleges Day of Service on April 6. This coordinated approach will bring hundreds of college students, faculty, and staff to nonprofit community agencies in Manchester, providing thousands of hours of needed service work.

Participating in the Day of Service are Manchester Community College, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. All five are members of Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities that work to build civic engagement into campus life through community partnerships and initiatives that serve the public good. 

The Day of Service will deploy college students to six community organizations that serve area children, adults, and families. Students will perform a wide range of work, from sorting donated items to setting up for special events to sprucing up community sites.

One Day of Service; an Ongoing Commitment

The five participating colleges and universities all have well-developed community and public service initiatives––work they view as an essential part of higher education’s role in educating students for social responsibility. The presidents of these institutions all note that this collaboration is just one piece of their deep and ongoing community work.

“The Queen City Colleges Day of Service represents in microcosm the broader work our institutions do to strengthen our communities while preparing the next generation of responsible professionals and citizens.”

—Paul J. LeBlanc, President, Southern NH University

“Working with community agencies that serve populations in need helps us instill in our students our values of equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence while developing their civic and leadership skills.”

—Mike Decelle, Dean, UNH Manchester

This unique five-school collaboration is very much in keeping with our institutional focus on building partnerships that address real-world challenges in New Hampshire communities and beyond.”

—Steven R. DiSalvo, President, Saint Anselm College

“We’re pleased to participate in this event, which highlights our deep ties to the Manchester community as well as our ongoing commitment to connecting students with both local and global service opportunities.”

—Susan Huard, President, Manchester Community College 

“As a nationally recognized college of arts and design with a commitment to community engagement, we’re excited by this opportunity to engage our entire college community with Manchester in ways that will benefit all concerned.”

—Kent Devereaux, President, New Hampshire Institute of Art 

“The Queen City Colleges Day of Service is one small piece of our ongoing commitment to advancing public service through student civic learning and community partnerships at the local and global levels.”

—Patricia Lynott, President, University College, Southern NH University

Six Community Organizations; City-wide Impact

Community organizations participating in the Day of Service include six agencies that together support the health and welfare of tens of thousands of area residents.

The New Hampshire Food Bank works to provide nutritious food and resources to the hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents who face food insecurity. The Food Bank supplies millions of pounds of food annually to more than 400 partner agencies, including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children’s programs, senior centers, and more.

Child and Family Services of NH is a nonprofit that works to advance the well-being of children and families through an array of social services, including child abuse prevention and intervention, mental health counseling, homeless youth services, eldercare, foster care, family counseling, adolescent substance abuse treatment, in-school social work, after-school programs, and others.

Webster House has been providing a safe haven for youth who are unable to live at home since 1884. The house offers a structure to youth to help them stabilize their lives, resolve issues, and encourage personal growth. Staff are committed to helping youth prepare for adult life by working with them to address their physical, social, personal, and family needs.

Camp Allen is a summer camp that offers a summer camp experience for those who may not be able to attend other camps due to age, ability, accessibility, or behavioral needs. More than 450 campers attend each year, making use of accessible facilities and a 1:2 ratio of counselors to campers.

Neighborworks SNH–QC Bike Collective’s mission is to help Manchester area residents ride safe, affordable bikes and have the opportunity to fix them. The collective provides space, tools, and equipment so community members can repair their bicycles at minimal cost. It also accepts donated bicycles and salvages usable parts, either to recycle them or to return them to working order and sell them at an affordable price.

Camp Carpenter is a 250-acre wooded property that is the Daniel Webster Council’s Cub Scout Summer Camp, serving boys and girls entering grades K–5. It is also home to the Lawrence L. Lee Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of scouting memorabilia in the world.