Saint Joseph’s freshmen roll up their sleeves for service

During their first week at college, Saint Joseph's College freshmen do more than get to know their roommate and plot their route to Western Civ class. Almost half of the incoming freshmen at Saint Joseph's College will clean yards, harvest vegetables, pick up trash, serve breakfast, paint buildings, sort clothing donations and stock food pantries throughout Greater Portland on Sunday, Sept. 5.


Each year during orientation in the days just before classes begin, freshmen can choose to get involved in community service or adventure tracks.

This year, the incoming students will help out at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Habitat for Humanity in Portland, Rippling Waters Organic Farm in Standish, Preble St. Resource Center in Portland and Windham Parks and Recreation, among others. A crew of 28 students will also help senior citizens in the area with household projects. Another crew will help clean trails and beaches on Frye Island. Roughly 150 students are working at a total of 11 service sites.

The more adventure-minded freshmen will take part in kayaking, paintball, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, golf, scuba diving and a low-ropes course. All activities operate in small groups led by a faculty or staff moderator.

According to Holly Zerillo, community service coordinator at Saint Joseph's College, "This is a chance for students to experience what we are about in terms of our values, as well as for them to get to know each other and the people who teach and work at the college."

NOTE: Several faculty and staff members have consistently volunteered to lead freshmen groups in community service/adventure tracks. They would make an interesting interview.

David House, President of Saint Joseph's College 893-7711 (hiking Pleasant Mountain )

Professor Tony Girlando 893-7986 (serving breakfast at Preble St. Resource Center)

Sister Betty Kilbride 893-6692 (stacking shelves in food pantry)

Gayle Langis, head of Information Services 893-7850 (Frye Island clean-up)

September2, 2004 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail