Humanics in Action Day, Springfield and Beyond
Approximately 2,000 Springfield College students, faculty, staff, and alumni took part in the 18th annual Humanics in Action Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, a day of community service throughout the city of Springfield, MA and in the regions represented by the School of Professional and Continuing Studies campuses.
In Springfield, more than 100 projects were fulfilled by College work groups, which performed services for schools, churches, senior citizen facilities, child-care centers, community organizations, city agencies, and neighborhoods. There were educational projects for school children, and volunteers participated in many indoor and outdoor painting projects, clean-up/fix-up projects, landscaping, and a host of other indoor and outdoor services.
Faculty and staff of Springfield College Boston volunteer at Span, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit led by alumni and executive director, Kevin Davis (BS'13, MS'14). Span Inc. helps ex-incarcerated people to break the cycles of addiction, unemployment, crime, and imprisonment to benefit everyone—victims, offenders, families, and communities.
Springfield College St. Johnsbury faculty and staff helped build trails for the Kingdom South Trail Project, a nonprofit that encourages the use of Northeast Kingdom trails to promote the ecologically sensitive and promotes the natural beauty of the region.
Humanics in Action Day highlights the commitment by Springfield College to year-round community-based service programs. Springfield College students contribute more than 150,000 hours of service to programs in schools, neighborhood organizations, and city programs.
Springfield College initiated Humanics in Action Day in September 1998. It was the idea of Springfield College Professor of Humanics Peter Polito and leaders of the New Student Orientation program to revive and expand an event described in the 1918 Springfield College yearbook. In the early years at the College, student work groups volunteered to improve the developing campus. Since 1998, Humanics in Action Day has been a day of service to the local community.