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Community Outreach

Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff connect and engage with the City and its organizations and residents through cultural, civic, and recreational programming, research, and through numerous service and volunteer opportunities offered through the following programs, departments, and student organizations.  

Community Outreach

Holy Cross Board Memberships

Many members of the Holy Cross community lend their time and talent to local area organizations through volunteerism. The following is a directory of faculty and staff and the boards on which they serve. The majority of organizations are non-profit; the few that are for-profit organizations are denoted with an asterisk.

Board Membership Directory
This directory is updated by government and community relations. If you have any questions about the directory, please contact Sue Hunt, View the board membership directory (PDF). 

Board Membership Opportunities
If you are interested in serving on a local community organization's board, GCR may be able to help identify opportunities for you.  Please contact Sue Hunt, associate director of community relations,, for more information.  If you are a Worcester resident the City of Worcester currently has numerous board and commission vacancies. For an application and more information, visit the City's website: Or, contact Jeannie Michelson, Sr. Staff Assistant Phone: 508-799-1175 X31313 Fax: 508-799-1208 Email:

Volunteer Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

The College surveyed faculty and staff in Spring 2017 to ask information about community organizations that our colleagues support through volunteer work. Based on their responses a list of organizations was compiled. This list is available online and is provided for the benefit and use of current and future faculty and staff who might be interested in being more involved with the local community. 

View volunteer opportunities for faculty and staff

If you need further information about a particular organization, please feel free to reach out to the organizational contact, or to the faculty or staff persons who recommended the organization. To submit additional organizations for volunteer opportunities, please contact Sue Hunt at

Additionally, faculty and staff may find service opportunities online via the One-Day Service/Volunteer Opportunities and / or the Employee Volunteer Program.

Holy Cross Community Engagement Committee

The Holy Cross Community Engagement Committee is made up of department or program representatives from across campus who are involved in implementing, promoting, and recording community engagement efforts via students, staff,  & faculty. The efforts provide mutually beneficial college-community partnerships structured to meet the stated needs of community partners. The 20+ member committee is advised by the Community Engagement Steering Committee.  Additionally, there is a sub-committee charged with data collection and documentation of service and volunteering on behalf of the college.


The teams and coaches at Holy Cross pride themselves on giving back to the local community. Student-athletes, coaches and other members of the athletic department participate in a variety of activities throughout the year ranging from presenting workshops at schools and recreation facilities, to volunteering at Big Brothers/Big Sisters and other organizations, to sponsoring various fundraising efforts.  The department also makes College resources available to community partners. Some of what they do includes:

Rescue & Recovery Training

Holy Cross invites the Worcester Fire Department dive crew to use its campus swimming pool for rescue & recovery training and drills.

Get Fit with the Crusaders

The Women's basketball team host Get Fit with the Crusaders Day, an annual event for elementary Worcester public school children.  More than 2,000 Worcester students travel to the Hart Center to cheer on Holy Cross.  During breaks and at half-time, coaches and student-athletes share information with the crowd, offering advice and tips to instill a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Hometown Heroes

Athletics and Men's Football honor local Hometown Heroes at home games played at Holy Cross' Fitton Field.  Hometown Heroes are men and women or organizations who through their work or service strive to make the city of Worcester and the community a better place.   Recipients are thanked during a half-time presentation.

Student-Athlete Volunteers

In addition to managing rigorous academics and team commitments, student-athletes are dedicated to serving in their community.  In 2015-16 fiscal year,  more than 700 student-athletes volunteered 4,000 hours.  The teams with the highest number of hours served are:

Team Volunteer Hours

Men's Lacrosse


Men's Football


Men's Baseball


Women's Soccer


      Women's Field Hockey


Chaplains' Office/SPUD

The Chaplains’ Office serves to strengthen the spiritual life of the Holy Cross community through retreats, community service, pastoral care, and worship. A comprehensive listing of programs and services can be found at Spiritual Outreach.

The Chaplains' Office oversees Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD).  Comprised of more than 40 public service programs, SPUD is the largest student organization on campus, involving more than 600 student volunteers who answer the Holy Cross call to be “men and women for and with others” in the surrounding Worcester community.

SPUD Summer Internship Program

During the summer break, nine Holy Cross students are placed in internships at Worcester-area agencies. These include Abby’s House day shelter, the Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, Legal Assistance Corp., Mass. Justice Project, and the Nativity School.

For more information, please contact Martin Kelly, Associate Chaplain, Director of Service and Social Justice Programs,

Spring Break Immersion Program

Organized by the Chaplains’ Office, Holy Cross students volunteer to travel throughout the United States to take part in community outreach projects. This weeklong program which blends service, spirituality, and community has proven to be an essential part of the Holy Cross experience. Students engage in volunteer work each day, while the evenings are dedicated to engaging members of the local community as well as group reflection and prayer.

For more information, please contact Martin Kelly, Associate Chaplain, Director of Service and Social Justice Programs,


Government and Community Relations (GCR)

The Office of Government and Community Relations at Holy Cross develops, coordinates and implements programs and partnerships that link the College’s students and staff more closely with outreach efforts in the surrounding community and the city of Worcester. The office’s director and associate director of community relations represent the College on civic boards and through their work with state and federal government legislators and agencies, and with other colleges and universities on issues concerning higher education issues, policy development, and legislation.  Programs and events offered by GCR includes:

Federal Work-Study / Community Service Internships

Holy Cross is committed to spending 7 percent of its federally funded work-study funds toward community service work-study positions and internships offered through the office of GCR. Students eligible for Federal work-study as part of their financial aid award package may choose to work during the academic and summer months at local area non-profit organizations, schools, healthcare facilities, and municipal and federal government agencies. View federal work-study opportunities

For more information please contact Sue Hunt, associate director of community relations,

Employee Volunteer Program

The College provides faculty and staff an opportunity to learn more about, and volunteer at, local non-profit through a day of service.  Coordinated by the office of government and community relations (GCR) and supported by Human Resources and Wellness, the program provides faculty and staff the opportunity to volunteer as a group at local non-profits during the work week.  Learn more about the Employee Volunteer Program.

Holy Cross - Community Alliance

Aimed at promoting good relations between the campus and surrounding community, the Community Alliance consists of representatives from Holy Cross (office of government and community relations,  public safety, student government association, and student affairs), College Hill neighbors, community representatives including city councilors, Worcester police, City Manager's office. The Holy Cross-Community Alliance meets regularly while the College is in session to discuss issues of common concern to the campus and the surrounding neighborhood. 

To learn more about the HC Community Alliance, or to be added to the e-mail list to be notified of upcoming meetings, please contact Sue Hunt, associate director of community relations, Learn more about the Holy Cross Community Alliance

McKeon Road Fire Station

Holy Cross donated three acres of land to the city of Worcester for the construction of a fire station that replaced two outmoded stations. The McKeon Road Fire Station is a state-of-the-art command post for preventing and fighting fires in southeast Worcester.

Alumni Office

Holy Cross Cares Day
Each spring, hundreds of alumni, parents, and families put the Holy Cross “mission in motion” by taking part in National Holy Cross Cares Day across the country. This series of community service volunteer opportunities, a partnership between the Holy Cross Alumni Association and its regional clubs, bring different generations of Crusaders together for a day of local service. Volunteers rake leaves, serve meals, tutor schoolchildren and donate items to food pantries. Holy Cross students, faculty and staff also participate in Holy Cross Cares Day. Learn more about Holy Cross Cares Day

For more information, please contact Tom Cadigan, associate director of alumni relations,

Facilities/Grounds Department

The Grounds Department at Holy Cross regularly maintains several surrounding, city-owned parcels and streets. Department crew members plant, landscape and maintain College Square, the War Memorial, and Southbridge Green, as well as remove and dispose of roadside debris collected along Caro Street, McKeon Road, Southbridge Street to the top of College Street, McKeon Road to McGill Street, and along the entrance and exit ramps of I-290. The department snow plows, salts and sands College Street, as well as clears sidewalks on College Street to Southbridge Green, and on Caro Street and City View Street. In the spring, the Grounds crew sweep up sand spread during winter storms from College Street and McKeon Road. Additional goodwill services include spring cleanup at Rainbow Child Development Center and providing assistance to stranded motorists from I-290 at the base of College Hill.

For more information contact Scott Merrill, director of facilities,

Public Safety

CPR Training

In partnership with VISTA, the American Heart Training Center, and Ascentria Care Alliance's - Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program, the Public Safety department at Holy Cross offers youths of Worcester CPR training in Spanish.

For more information, please contact Robert Hart, director of Public Safety/Chief of Police,

Student Affairs/Office of Multicultural  Education

The Office of Multicultural Education (OME) at Holy Cross: sponsors a variety of multicultural student organizations at Holy Cross that offer cultural awareness/celebration programs on campus as well as programs on diversity, socio, economic and health issues, all open to the public.

OME and members of the campus community participate in “Hate: Not Here!,” an anti-bias initiative that promotes individual and collective responsibility for building a caring and inclusive community on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Hate: Not Here! was developed adhering to the Anti-Defamation League's ( ADL) efforts to organize communities to work together and develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity and foster harmony amongst diverse groups.” OME organizes “Hate: Not Here!” solidarity events including discussions, lectures, retreats, and essay and poster contests.

The Office regularly sponsors Campus Conversations: Solidarity and Social Justice - Community Voices Heard, a series aimed to address complex issues developing within our community both locally and nationally.  The goal of the series is to offer an informative, balanced, and multi-perspective response to the issues addressed by inviting members of the campus community and community members from Worcester and Boston to speak from their personal and/or professional perspective.

In cooperation with the YWCA, the Multicultural Education office coordinates the “Take A Stand Against Racism” program.

The Office welcomes the opportunity to connect with community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, advocacy groups and the interfaith community to sponsor programs which encourage and inform our campus community in addressing issues of social justice.

For more information, please contact Mable Millner, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion; Director of Multicultural Education,

Student Clubs and Organizations

Through academic work, internships, and cocurricular programs, Holy Cross students have many opportunities to connect and engage with partners, residents, and neighbors in the community with energy, creativity, and enthusiasm. Opportunities range from one-time initiatives supporting a fundraising or community event to long-term projects designed to bring major change to streets, schools, and parks. A few of the organizations and clubs are listed below, but you can find a full listing here.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The College’s Student Government Association is the student voice on campus and provides student-run services designed to enhance and add convenience to the Holy Cross and Worcester experience. Elected representatives are also actively involved in community relations and developing the connections between the on- and off-campus experiences. Each year the SGA appoints a Director of Community Relations, who serves as a representative in the Worcester Student Government Association.  The director also works closely with the office of government and community relations and attends the HC Community Alliance Meetings as a student representative.

Purple Key Society  (PKS)

Comprise of a select group of motivated and dedicated students who work as leaders in the college community to represent the Jesuit philosophy of service to others.PKS sponsors social and service events. Each year, PKS organizes four Red Cross blood and platelet drives on campus to benefit patients of St. Vincent Hospital. PKS also sponsors an annual  Giving Tree program to offer to help to families during Christmas

For more information contact

HC for a Cure

HC for a Cure is a student-run group devoted to fundraising for, spreading awareness and supporting those who have been affected by breast cancer.

Collaboration with Community Partners

Holy Cross is fortunate to work with the City of Worcester and cultural, civic, educational, and recreational organizations throughout the area.  We are grateful to these agencies for hosting our students in a variety of roles in which they can serve, engage, and appreciate the community and Worcester.  (To view a listing of the Massachusetts organizations that have hosted Holy Cross students in recent years, click here.)


City of Worcester

Recreation Worcester

Since 2012, Holy Cross has made an annual donation to Recreation Worcester, a free year-round out-of-school time program run by the City of Worcester. Through afterschool programs, students will engage with program staff and community partners in enriching, athletic, artistic and academic programming. By enhancing these community partnerships through programming, Recreation Worcester aims to develop linkages between youth and community leaders through mentorship. HC students serve as tutors for the program.

For more information, please contact Sue Hunt, associate director of community relations,

Worcester Common Oval Ice Skating

Part of the exciting renewal of downtown Worcester includes the opening of the Worcester Common Oval Rink. The Oval welcomes the return of public skating on the Common. Since 2014, the College has made an annual donation to support the operation of the rink.  HC sponsors a winter intercollegiate skating night for students of Worcester colleges and universities. Learn more about Worcester Common Oval Ice Skating

Worcester Cultural Coalition 

The Cultural Development Office of Worcester is dedicated to promoting and engaging local residents, college students and visitors in the cultural vibrancy of Worcester County. Learn more about the Worcester Cultural Coalition

For more information contact Erin Williams at


The College coordinates internships for students interested in public health, government, and public services with various City of Worcester offices.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest

Student-Athletes are committed to serving the community.  A stellar example of this commitment can be found with the men’s lacrosse team. Since 2000, the team has participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in honor of its teammate John Price. Price was named a captain after his junior season but died shortly after. A religious studies major, Price dedicated much of his time to community service and planned on working as a lawyer in the field of human rights. In his honor, the lacrosse team started John’s Brothers, which serves each week at the Canterbury Elementary School in Worcester. Every member of the team works directly with their “little” with whom they play games and tutor. Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest.

South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation

The South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (SWNIC) offers opportunities for collaboration of the College, the city of Worcester and the surrounding neighborhood. HC students serve as interns providing staffing for youth programs, food pantry, and administrative help.

United Way of Central MA

Annual Campaign: Since 1989, the College has held an annual United Way of Central MA's (UWCM) fundraiser, its only workplace campaign. Nearly 3 decades of Holy Cross faculty and staff generosity has resulted in campaign donations in excess of $940,000! HC's support enables UWCM to continue its mission work organized around Education, Family Stability and Health. UW provides services to stabilize those of us in our community who are unable to meet the basic needs—helping those that are most vulnerable to the conditions and who are in fact, in survival mode.  

UW Day of Caring:  For one day each September, HC faculty and staff join 1,000 volunteers as part of UW's Day of Caring.  Volunteers rake and clean recreational areas, paint and clean up facilities, restore playgrounds, and perform a variety of other services that Worcester schools and area non-profit organizations often cannot complete due to lack of resources.

Learn more about United Way of Central Massachusetts

For more information, please contact Sue Hunt, associate director of community relations,