Community Service

Into the Streets (ITS) is a student-led community service program that encourages the entire Stonehill family to go beyond the walls of campus in pursuit of the common good. Inspired by the enduring values of Holy Cross Education, the ITS team promotes a culture of social change and a life of meaning and purpose.

Faith & Compassionate Action

Under the direction of the Office of Campus Ministry, ITS volunteers put faith into compassionate action. They act as role models for youth, help people who are developmentally disabled reach their full potential, provide companionship for people who are elderly neighbors and tutor in the local community. Volunteers fight hunger and homelessness, protect the environment and care for those who are sick.

Stonehill has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six of the last seven years, and the ITS program is one of the biggest contributors to this achievement.

Student Leadership

Stonehill’s largest student-run organization, 800 students contributed over 15,000 hours of service to the community through ITS in 2011.

Student coordinators serve as liaisons and advocates for specific justice issues and community partners. They facilitate communication between Campus Ministry, volunteers and the organizations and people they serve. They arrange logistics, demonstrate a commitment to social justice, actively participate in service, and nurture a faith that does justice.

Student coordinators help volunteers build personal connections, gain new perspective and recognize the human dignity of each individual. In turn, they grow in their professionalism, enthusiasm for service and capacity for leadership and civic engagement.

Community Partners

The Office of Campus Ministry links Into the Streets volunteers with community organizations that present a real opportunity to make a difference.

Animal Rights

  • Animal Protection Center of Southeastern MA (APCSM)
  • Mansfield Animal Shelter
  • Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program
  • The Bridge Center

Cross Cultural Experiences

  • Cape Verdean Association (CVA)
  • George School Bi-Lingual Tutoring Program
  • The English Transcultural Center at Catholic Charities South

Developmental Disabilities

  • Best Buddies of Massachusetts
  • House of Possibilities (HOPe)
  • Brockton Area Arc
  • Hillside Adult Day Health Center
  • Metro South Academy (BAMSI)
  • Southeastern Department of Mental Health (Brockton Multi-Service Center)

Education and Tutoring

  • Children’s Museum of Easton
  • Mansfield Math
  • School on Wheels
  • Trinity Catholic Academy

Elder Care

  • Braemoor Rehabilitation
  • Emmanuel House
  • Hearthstone at Heights Crossing
  • Heights Crossing Assisted Living
  • Baypointe Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
  • Dorn-Davies Senior Center
  • Guardian Hospice of MA
  • Hillside Adult Day Health Center
  • Marian Manor

Environmental Awareness

  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT)
  • The Farm at Stonehill
  • Agape Community
  • New England Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (NE PEER)

Health Care

  • Community, Outreach, Prevention, Education (C.O.P.E) Program
  • American Cancer Society
  • Brockton Veterans Administrative (VA) Hospital
  • March of Dimes
  • Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
  • Silver City Teen Center (SCTC)
  • Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation
  • VistaCare Hospice

Hunger and Homelessness

  • Catholic Charities South
  • Charity Guild Food Pantry and Thrift Store
  • David Jon Louison Center
  • Family Life Center (Old Colony YMCA)
  • Fr. Bill’s & MainSpring (and The Table)
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)
  • Battles Farm Village Community Center
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Davis Commons Community Center
  • Easton Food Pantry
  • Evelyn House
  • Focus Family Resource Center
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Haley House
  • Salvation Army
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Mentoring

  • Big Sister Big Brother
  • Boys and Girls Club of Brockton
  • Adoption and Foster Care (AFC) Mentoring
  • Aid to Incarcerated Mothers (AIM)
  • CAMP Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Taunton
  • Brockton Teen Center

Religious Education

  • Coyle and Cassidy High School
  • Holy Cross Church
  • Holy Cross Family Ministries
  • Immaculate Conception Parish
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church
  • Saint James Church
  • Saint John the Evangelist Church
  • Saint Mary’s Parish
  • Temple Beth Emunah

Women’s Empowerment

  • Girl Scouts
  • A New Day (Penelope’s Place)
  • Lindencroft
  • New Hope
  • South Shore Women’s Resource Center
  • Transitional Living Program (TLP)