Community Service and Civic Engagement Events and Annual Projects

Annual Events and Projects
  • Pre-Orientation Programs: Incoming first year students are invited to participate in two pre-orientation programs that provide an alternative introduction to Hartford. The Community Service Program,  led by students from JELLO (January Experience for Living, Learning and Outreach), gives students an opportunity to work on service projects organized with a number of our community partners. In the second program, Hartford by Bike, participants tour Hartford by bicycle and learn how to navigate the city and learn about one of its great legacies.
  • 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): Each semester we team up with Psi U and the Red Cross to collect blood donations from campus community to help save lives across the nation.
  • 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, Praxis bakes pies for some of the Hartford community groups.
  • Sponsor A Snowman (ACES):  Each year the Trinity group is able to provide gifts for children at Hartford Interval House, which is a local domestic violence shelter.
  • Souper Bowl Food Drive (ACES):  The day before the Super Bowl, ACES organizes food drives at local supermarkets and donates the proceeds to a local food pantry, soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive (Psi Upsilon): Each semester we team up with Psi U and the Red Cross to collect blood donations from campus community to help save lives across the nation.
  • Annual Auction for Charity (ACES): ACES solicits donations from local restaurants, service groups and on campus offices for items to be auctioned to members of the Trinity community. All the money raised from the sales go to a designated local charity. Over the last twenty years, the proceeds have gone to 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.
  • 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: Organized since 2005, Relay for Life organizes a yearlong campaign to raise awareness and funds for cancer research for the American Cancer Society. The highlight of the campaign is the annual Relay for Life, an all-night vigil held to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the diseases.  Relay for Life Trinity’s largest student-run fundraiser and one of its largest service events.
  • Wine and Cheese Mixer and Silent Auction (Lion’s Club): Trinity’s Lion’s Club chapter organizes a silent auction and wine and cheese mixer for local area Lion’s to raise funds for the organization’s initiatives.
  • SambaFest (Trinity Samba Ensemble and ACES): Pioneered by Eric Galm, professor of music, SambaFest is an annual celebration of Brazilian culture. The event takes place at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and feature performances from Trinity’s Samba Ensemble and other local and international groups. ACES (Annual Community Events Staff) members coordinate a carnival for hundreds of neighborhood children that takes place alongside SambaFest.
  • 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.​