Community Service: Opportunities and Outreach

Highlighting Westminster’s dedication to “service beyond self,” as articulated in the school’s mission, community service is an integral part of life on the Hill. Interested students can participate in the community service afternoon program, tutoring at local schools or volunteering at local non-profit organizations, organize food, clothing or fund drives to support local and global causes, or help to organize the MS Walk on campus. 
All Westminster students are encouraged to embody two core values, character and involvement, by sharing their most precious commodities, time and energy, with the community-at-large. Westminster believes that working together for a good cause builds camaraderie and strengthens friendships, but, even more importantly, it encourages a life of compassion and service to others.

Click here to see a gallery of when we hosted the local FAVARH group on campus or here to see photos from our 2015 Service Day

Student Outreach

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  • The John Hay Society

    This organization emphasizes the importance of service through the messages of the chapel program as well as through the donation of the collection to various local, national and international needs. The elected members of the Society also sponsor a food drive for area food kitchens and special fundraisers for various local, national and international organizations.
  • S.O.N. (Serving Our Neighbors)

    S.O.N., an organization open to all students, blends fun events with fundraising to bring attention to worthy causes and encourage widespread student participation. Some of the most memorable and successful initiatives are the Angel Tree Project which bring toys and gifts to needy families during the holidays, the Halloween Dance which requires a donation of canned goods for the Simsbury Food Pantry as admission, and the Valentine’s Day flower sale when students purchase carnations for friends and all proceeds go to Gifts of Love.
  • Community Service Day

    The flagship day of service at Westminster occurs in October when all students and faculty walk or drive to non-profit organizations to donate their time, energy and, sometimes even, their singing. Whether students develop a special bond with a first-grader at a local magnet school, rakes leaves, trims branches, and prepares craft projects at Camp Horizons, or prepares food for meals at The House of Bread or The Manchester Soup Kitchen, Community Service Day always results in remarkable anecdotes regarding Westminster students’ impressive work ethic as well as the personal benefits students gain from these experiences.
  • The Multiple Sclerosis Walk

    For the past 14 years Westminster School has been an official host site for the Multiple Sclerosis Society annual walk which occurs each spring. The MS Walk involves the entire School community in planning, participating in, and welcome more than 1,000 walkers to Williams Hill and the Simsbury area. Thanks to the efforts of a multitude of Westminster students and faculty, Westminster helped to raise over $5700 towards multiple sclerosis research.
  • Afternoon Service

    In addition, Fifth and Sixth Formers have the option of participating in community service as an alternative to after-school programs like athletics or performing arts. Students choose from a list of community service options, then meet four times a week for approximately two hours to fulfill the requirements of the program. Programs range from reading to the elderly at Simsbury’s Governor’s House to tutoring area children at St. Mary’s school to creating meaningful bonds with students at The University of Hartford Magnet School. The after-school community service program emphasizes Westminster’s service mission: The Westminster Community Service Program creates lasting habits of volunteerism and inspires young adults to the commitment of service to a community.

    Supplementary Program in Hartford for Educational Reinforcement and Enrichment and WCLP (Westminster Cooperative Learning Program) are both programs that have promoted edicational opportunities in the Greater Hartford area.

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Service Day 2015

Service Curriculum

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  • Civic Engagement

    Required for all Fourth Formers in the fall term.
  • Social Justice and Entrepreneurship

    This academic elective offers students the opportunity to understand the philosophical underpinnings of social justice, to identify social issues that resonate for them, and to gain access to the “tools” necessary to take effective action. For more information, please visit the History page.

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