Five students and five faculty and staff volunteered at Rosie’s Place in Boston as part of the Community Service Center’s Fridays of Service program. The BSU crew prepared and served lunch at the shelter, which since 1974 has provided a sanctuary for women and children experiencing poverty and homelessness.
“It is important to connect with others from all different backgrounds, experiences and means," said one of the volunteers. "It centers you with compassion, humbles you with knowledge and education, and certainly makes you grateful and appreciative.
The volunteer added, "I enjoyed working with colleagues and students for a common goal. It was a nice opportunity to meet more people throughout the Bridgewater community.”
Lending a hand at Rosie’s Place were (pictured below, left to right) Barbara Freeman, Rachel Emde, Maureen Ryan, Melanie Mitchell, Alyssa Bertoni, Briana Malloy-Walker, Keshelle Dolly and Mary Ellen West. Not pictured: Rose Gage and MaryBeth Tobin.
The next Friday of Service will be held at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton on Oct. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., where volunteers will sort donations and seek items for children living in poverty. On Nov. 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., volunteers will serve at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Transportation will be provided for both opportunities.
To sign up, or for more information, faculty and staff can visit www.bridgew.edu/hr/FridaysofService.cfm. Students can visit www.bridgew.edu/CommunityService/events/. More information about Rosie’s Place is at www.rosiesplace.org.