Service

DEDICATED TO SERVICE

Canterbury believes that our students should commit themselves to returning the good fortune in their lives to those in need.

The most important way they do so is through volunteer work that brings them directly into contact with the people they serve, whether in our neighborhood or around the world. Canterbury students work in food banks and nursing homes, social service agencies and animal shelters—with disadvantaged families, students in local schools, and athletes in Special Olympics. They can also take part in two exceptional experiences abroad, one in Nicaragua, where they work on projects designed to help break the cycle of poverty, and another in Lourdes, France, where they assist the visiting sick in completing their pilgrimages to the Marian shrine.

“Life's most important and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Immersion Trips


Nicaragua Fabretto Children’s Organization

Each year since 2005, ten Canterbury students and two faculty chaperones have traveled to Nicaragua for ten days of service with Familia Padre Fabretto. Fabretto is an NGO whose mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education.

The Students play and work with Nicaraguan students served by the Fabretto Children's Organization. In the past the Canterbury group has worked construction and demolition, and started and planted a community garden, built a wall around the garden. Spending time with the children is a large part of the trip.

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Watch a recent trip to Nicaragua filmed by Will Dowler '18
 


Lourdes, France Pilgrimage

The focus of this ten-day pilgrimage to Lourdes, France is to serve the sick and elderly, who travel to this famous Marian shrine seeking spiritual renewal and healing. Every August since 1994, Canterbury students work at the train station, baths, hospital, and grotto assisting maladies--the visiting sick--in completing their pilgrimage. In addition, Canterbury volunteers embark on their own pilgrimage through daily liturgy, prayer, and reflection. This trip is run by Our Lady’s Pilgrimage (OLP), a non-profit organization led by Hope Carter. Hope is a former parent, grandparent and President of Canterbury’s Board of Trustees.
 

https://www.lourdes-france.org/en
 



Urban Plunge, Chicago, IL
 

The Urban Plunge experience provides a unique learning and immersion opportunity that explores issues of social justice through the lens of Catholic Social Teachings of peace, justice, and respect for human dignity and the environment.

Students spend time learning directly from community leaders and local activists about the challenges of poverty and inequality in our cities and the organizations who serve them. Immersed in the urban environment, students work on site in soup kitchens, food banks, women’s shelters, senior centers, and restorative justice services to gain insight into the diverse cultures, challenges, and needs of underserved and marginalized urban communities.

This experience is usually a four-day trip and is offered to students in all grades.

 

 


 

Canterbury students are dedicated to service. Canterbury believes strongly that our students should commit themselves to returning the good fortune in their lives to those in need. We seek to instill a sense of responsibility for and dedication to a lifetime of volunteer service, whether locally, nationally, or internationally.

Our community service focus is on student participation in service work. We believe the actual experience to be more meaningful and likely to encourage lifetime values. At Canterbury, community service helps to create moral leaders in a complex, secular world. And while community service is not a requirement at Canterbury, the majority of students choose to participate every year. Our faculty members are also active volunteers and enjoy working alongside the students.

The spirit of active engagement in service is alive on campus throughout the year. Students mentor at local schools, visit elders in a nearby nursing home, and rake leaves on the town green as well as becoming involved in the many opportunities listed. Canterbury’s clubs, organizations, and athletic teams support our various causes and add new ones. An end-of-the year tag sale culminates a year of hard work and raises money for the different organizations we support. Students can also take part in two exceptional experiences abroad, one in Nicaragua, where they work on projects designed to break the cycle of poverty, and another in Lourdes, France, where they assist the visiting sick in completing their pilgrimages to the Marian shrine.

Local Involvement

New Milford Food Bank
Children’s Center
Village Crest Nursing Home

New Milford Animal Welfare
New Milford Social Services
New Milford Elementary Schools Mentoring Program
Northwest Region Special Olympics
Southbury Training School

National

Catholic Schools World Hunger Organization
Kennedy’s Rosary Project
Oxfam
March of Dimes
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Urban Plunge Chicago, IL: The Darst Center

Global

Canterbury Volunteers in Nicaragua – Fabretto Children’s Organization
Lourdes Pilgrimage

Donation Boxes

New Milford Animal Welfare — Pet Food
Button Up Connecticut-coats Danbury Dorothy Day House — Socks


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SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

New Milford Social Services

  • Walk A Mile For a Meal
  • Sibling Shopping
  • Food Drive
  • Paper Bag Challenge

New Milford Youth Agency

New Milford Senior Center

Northwestern Connecticut Youth Hockey Intro to Hockey (NWCYH)

New Milford Youth Lacrosse (NMYL)

Special Olympics of Connecticut

  • Special Olympics Football
  • Special Olympics Basketball
  • Special Olympics Softball
  • Special Olympics Bowling

End the R word campaign

Penguin Plunge

Village Crest Nursing Home

Danbury Women’s Center

Kennedy’s Rosary Project
 

What Students Say

I've been going to the nursing home every Monday as community service. We chat with the people there, and sometimes I play piano for them. We also did a fashion show. I never got to do this kind of thing in Korea. --Eun Bin, Korea