Neighbor Helping Neighbor, School Helping School

On Monday, August 22, 55 Assumption College students who are resident assistants (RAs) spent the day helping prepare the grounds of Nelson Place Elementary School in time for the return of students. They also worked with the Indian Lake Association to distribute information on helping keep the nearby Indian Lake clean. Worcester’s mayor Joe O’Brien also was on hand to assist, as were several members of Assumption’s Residence Life Staff and others from the Nelson Place community.

The student volunteers spent the afternoon weeding the grounds, cutting and pulling branches, cleaning up the softball field and painting railings. They also worked with members of the Worcester Public Works Department on spray-painting warnings on storm drains and distributing pamphlets and stuffers about keeping Indian Lake clean.

Assumption also donated a banner welcoming incoming students to Nelson Place as a sign of the continuing bond between the schools. Reading “Welcome to Nelson Place from your friends at Assumption College,” the banner was imprinted with the handprints of Assumption’s RAs in remembrance of their time at the school.

"Assumption’s Residential Life department has always worked to incorporate volunteer work into our training and programs and we’ve always received a very positive response,” said Gena Bevilacqua, a resident director at Assumption. “It's great that we were able to connect with Nelson Place. It really was the ideal situation to be able to help out our community.”

"Volunteering at Nelson Place was amazing,” Resident Assistant Jesse Hunt ’14 agreed. “It was a great experience working as a group to make a difference and then watching students play in the schoolyard we had just helped clean."

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews