FUSION Service Projects Scheduled in Several Areas
Providence, R.I. — Alumni from several regional clubs along the East Coast are invited to take part in community service projects in their area this spring as part of the College’s FUSION outreach.
FUSION — Friars United for Service In Our Neighborhood — was developed by the College’s Providence President’s Council and was launched in 2007 as part of a multi-year agreement with the City of Providence Parks Department.
Volunteers, including President’s Council members, students, alumni, faculty, and staff members, have joined parks department and other community representatives annually on a Saturday in April to improve the physical condition of a community site. The focus for the first five years was the historic Esek Hopkins Homestead in Providence. This year’s site will be Corliss Park in Providence.
Over the years, FUSION has expanded to include communities beyond Providence, with alumni reaching out to assist projects in increasing numbers. This year, regional clubs are volunteering in the following locations:
• Long Island — The Alumni Club of Long Island will work at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches, N.Y., on Saturday, April 14. The camp is dedicated to children and young adults ages 6 to 21 from Nassau and Suffolk counties who are physically and mentally challenged. Work typically includes painting, planting, and power washing.
• Pawcatuck, Conn. — Members and friends of the New London/Washington County Alumni Club will clean up the landscape along River Road in Pawcatuck on Saturday, April 14.
• New York City — The Providence College Club of New York will offer support to community service initiatives on Saturday, April 14. Participants will help develop the playground area for the youth at Saints Peter and Paul School in the Bronx and/or chaperone a field trip to Carnegie Hall to see The New York Pops’ tribute, Jim Henson’s Musical World, featuring music from The Muppets.
• Providence — All are invited to assist with the construction of a new playground at Corliss Park in Providence on Saturday, April 21, sponsored by the Greater Providence (Mal Brown) Club, the Newport Alumni Club, and the Providence President’s Council.
• Boston — For the second consecutive year, members of the Greater Boston Alumni Club will be volunteering at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, Mass., on Saturday, April 21. Last year, alumni, working with families of the school’s students and school staff members, cleaned the gym and classrooms and did exterior maintenance and landscaping. Epiphany is an independent, tuition-free middle school for economically disadvantaged students.
• Washington, D.C. — The Capital Area Alumni Club, which encompasses Washington, Baltimore, and northern Virginia, will volunteer in the “Hands on DC” annual Work-a-thon on Saturday, May 19. Hands on DC is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the physical condition of schools.
For more information and to register for any of these service projects, go to www.alumni.providence.edu/fusion.