University community comes together for a day of service

Quinnipiac students volunteering in the community as part of "The Big Event"
Quinnipiac students volunteering in the community as part of "The Big Event"

April 8, 2013 - More than 1,500 members of the University community took part in The Big Event day of community service April 6. 

The students, staff and faculty worked at sites in Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Madison, Meriden, Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Norwalk, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, Waterbury, Watertown, West Haven and Woodbridge. Participants volunteered at specific organizations, including: Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden; Wallingford Senior Center; Children’s Center of Hamden; Common Grounds High School in New Haven and Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Quinnipiac alumni also participated at volunteer sites across the country.

"We're excited to have expanded the event to additional towns in Connecticut to create the widest community influence,” said Connor Croteau, junior and co-chair of site logistics. “The increased participation from all university members is something we are very proud of."

The Big Event is a nationwide day of community service when colleges and universities send teams out to volunteer in the community. At Quinnipiac, teams of volunteers will fan out to sites across the state to perform three hours of community service. Students will also collect money and non-perishable food to benefit area charities.

This is the fourth year Quinnipiac held The Big Event, which began at Texas A&M University 31 years ago.

View a gallery of photos from The Big Event on our Facebook page.