The staff of the Springfield College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, located at 385 Eastern Avenue in Springfield, has been leading summer programming that assists with community needs. Springfield College Center for Service and Leadership Director Charlene Elvers and Assistant Director Nicole Coakley have been scheduling weekly events this summer in preparation for the return of in-person programming this fall.
Most recently, in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association and Sister Anna Muhammad, the Center hosted a community gardening event where surrounding neighbors could learn how to grow and harvest fresh produce, while having the opportunity to take home some samples as well.
Springfield College has a long-standing partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association having assisted with the garden at the Tapley Court Apartment complex in the spring as part of the alternative spring break program. The garden is planted and maintained by youth leaders in the community and the food is given to residents of three apartment complexes in Springfield.
The summer community-outreach programming is part of a year-round mission at Springfield College to give back to the local community and to communities throughout the world. The mission of giving back to the community always remains a constant at Springfield College.