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University of Saint Joseph Students Perform Community Service During Spring Break

USJ students and staff with representatives of Foodshare. Submitted photo

Students from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford spent this year’s spring break volunteering to assist local nonprofits.


A group of students from the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) spent their spring vacation volunteering at six area nonprofit organizations. 

Called “Mercy in the City,” their week-long, volunteer effort honored a core value of USJ founders, the Sisters of Mercy.  The students’ alternative spring break program assisted Foodshare, United Way, Church by the Pond at Bushnell Park, Mercy Housing & Shelter, Keney Park Sustainability Project and the Labyrinth Walk at Hartford Seminary. 

At Foodshare’s Hartford Regional Market, USJ students had the opportunity to assist Foodshare President and CEO Jason Jakubowski and others sort fresh produce. Those who participated, pictured above, included (from left) USJ students Stephanie Ross, Annastacia Burns, Lishamarie Cruz, Miyah Barnaby-Anderson, Foodshare’s Jakubowski, Foodshare Warehouse Technician Robert Grant, USJ’s Community Engagement Assistant Liza Bocchichio, USJ’s Campus Ministry Director Lynnette Colón, and Foodshare’s Associate Supervisor of its Hartford Regional Market Miguel Velazquez. Foodshare is the regional foodbank serving Hartford and Tolland counties.

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