FACES & Praxis Training: Held just before the start of the academic year for Trinity’s FACES (Friends Active in Civic Engagement and Service) representatives and members of Praxis (Trinity’s community service housing community). This training includes sessions on College student group policies, volunteer recruitment, leadership development, record-keeping, etc. In addition, there are also bonding activities, such as a community service project, group meals, and game nights. This training is also a time for these student leaders to prepare their community service projects for the upcoming academic year.
Do It Day (FACES): Started in 1999, Do It Day is half-day event held the first weekend after classes being that engages hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in service projects throughout Hartford. We began Do It Day in the hope of starting the academic year with an event that immediately engages a large portion of our campus in the Hartford community. The event has grown from about 150 participants at 11 worksites in the first year to over 700 participants at over 50 worksites in 2009.
Habitrot 5K Run (Habitat for Humanity): Habitrot began in 2003 as a fundraiser to support the work of Trinity’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. With the assistance of the President’s Office and Campus Safety, this race around and through the campus regularly attracts around 100 students and raises nearly $1000.
Red Cross Blood Drive (Psi Upsilon): Held on October 27, we were able to collect badly needed productive units of blood.
Halloween on Vernon Street (ACES): Halloween on Vernon is an event held the Sunday before Halloween in which 500 children are given a fun and safe Halloween experience on Vernon Street, including trick-or-treating, games, and haunted houses.
Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive (ConnPIRG and ACES): Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive is done to provide a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings to 100 families of children at the M.D. Fox Elementary School
Great Pie Project (Praxis): Each year, Trinity’s community service dorm bakes pies for some of the Hartford community groups.
Sponsor A Snowman (ACES): Holiday Gift Drive for Hartford Interval House (ACES): Each year the Trinity group is able to provide gifts for children at Hartford Interval House, which is a local domestic violence shelter.
Hartford Interval House Holiday Party (ACES): Each year Interval House holds a holiday for current and past clients of Interval House, and for the past few years members of ACES have participated in the part by assisting with arts & crafts activities, running games for the children, and just being on hand to assist with anything else that needs to be done.
Souper Bowl Food Drive (ACES): A food drive held at a local supermarket(s) since 2000 the day before the Super Bowl, this food drive donates all of the food to a local food pantry, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter. In the past, ACES has partnered with Zeta Eta Omega and thus were able to collect food from two supermarkets (Stop and Shop in Wethersfield and West Hartford), donating the food to the Hartford Catholic Worker.
Red Cross Blood Drive (Psi Upsilon)—Like the drive in the fall, many potential donors show and are able to provide a productive unit of blood.
Annual Auction for Charity (ACES): The ACES Auction is an annual event in which local restaurants, services, etc., as well as on-campus offices are solicited and donate items to be auctioned off to members of the Trinity community. The event has been held for almost 20 years now, and all the money raised usually goes to a designated local charity, which in the past has included Peter’s Retreat, St. Agnes Home, Habitat for Humanity, the Charter Oak Boxing Academy, Hartford Interval House, Youth United for Survival, and the Immaculate Conception Shelter. In 2007 over $2,100 was raised for the benefit of Ciara Rivera, a 16 year-old from Hartford who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) last year.
Ciara has a special place in the hearts of many at Trinity as she has been a part of Trinity’s Dream Camp summer program for 10 years. Though her illness prevented her from participating as a camper in 2006, she remained dedicated to the program, serving as a Dream Camp office assistant and coming to help out on campus whenever possible.
Alternative Spring Break (Habitat for Humanity): During Habitat’s Alternative Spring Break, 30 students go on a trip to a Habitat for Humanity affiliate and build houses for a week. Past trips have included, Starkville, Mississippi; Lynchburg, Virginia; Americus, Georgia; Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Myers, Florida; Los Altos, New Mexico; Jacksonville, Florida; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Relay for Life: Held now for two years at Trinity, Relay for Life is an all-night event held on Trinity’s track to raise awareness about cancer, celebrate survivors, remember those that have been lost to cancer, and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay is Trinity’s largest student-run fundraiser and one of its largest service events. About 600 members of the Trinity community participate, and in its inaugural year, Trinity’s Relay raised over $69,000, placing it in the top five college Relays (per capita) in the country. In 2008 Trinity’s Relay for Life team raised over $62,000 and this year their goal has been set to $85,000.
Hunger Clean-Up (ConnPIRG): A day long serve-a-thon during which about 50-100 Trinity student volunteer at various places throughout Hartford and raise money for their work. Half the money goes to a designated local charity, 35% goes to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, and 15% goes to international hunger relief efforts.
Act! Speak! Build! Week (Habitat for Humanity): A nationwide, student-initiated day of advocating for affordable housing.
Fun Fair (Trinity College Activities Council and ACES): Annual carnival for hundreds of neighborhood children held at the end of the spring semester. Beginning in 2009, Fun Fair has been conducted in partnership with a samba concert, organized by Music Professor, Eric Galm, on the Mather Quad. This collaboration made both events better, and it is hoped that this partnership will be continued.
Dump and Run (Praxis/Green Campus): Annual clothing drive and post move-out dorm salvage. Typically, items collected are donated to local shelters (the past two years, the clothing has been donated to the Tabor House for their annual tag sale but items often go to a special initiative if available).
Graduation Pledge (Graduation Pledge Committee): A pledge graduating seniors take voluntarily that reads as follows: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work." Over 100 schools in the country are part of the Graduation Pledge Alliance, and Trinity is the first one from Connecticut (starting with the Class of 2001). In the past about 400 of Trinity’s graduating seniors took the Pledge, which they demonstrate by signing a book and wearing a pin and ribbon on Commencement Day. In addition, the Graduation Pledge committee attempted to provide information on post-graduate opportunities consistent with the Pledge by working with Career Services to put out a “Nonprofit Job of the Week” to seniors as well as organize and co-sponsor a panel with local alums and other environmental professionals on careers in environmental work.