Student-Led Fundraising Campaign for Facilities Staff Huge Success

April 9, 2015


The record breaking snowfall this past winter challenged everyone living in the Northeast. With a 384 acre campus to maintain, the resiliency of Stonehill’s facilities staff was put to the test as the region was hit with snow storm after snow storm.

Recognizing the amount of work which went into cleaning up 114 inches of snow that fell during an eight-week time span, mainly on weekends, Tommy Farrell ’17 decided to set up a fundraising page for the facilities staff as a way to thank them for their efforts.

After raising $575, a special “thank you” lunch was held for members of Stonehill’s facilities staff on Wednesday in Alumni Hall.

“Not only did current students, faculty and staff donate, but alumni did as well because Stonehill had that much of an impact on their life,” noted Farrell. “The overwhelming support from everyone made me realize that I wasn't the only one thinking we should thank Facilities.”

In fact, several community members posted their own word of thanks on the page Farrell created, thanking facilities staff.

Thank you for setting this up Tommy! The facilities workers deserve a huge thanks and a special gift. They have worked so hard and all of the students greatly appreciate it!

As an alum who was on campus for Winter Storm Nemo in 2013, and who has visited campus this winter, I have so much appreciation for the hard work that facilities does!!

Others were equally appreciative of Farrell’s thoughtfulness and the generosity of community members.   “Actions like these from students and the community at large really keep me motivated to do the work I do. I’m proud to be a part of the Stonehill community,” said Residence Director Elizett Pires.

Farrell says the idea of starting a thank you fund came to him while he was interning at Boston.com earlier this semester. “They asked me to write a story about a woman who wanted to raise money for the DPW workers in her town to thank them for all they had done so that definitely planted the seed in my head to do something similar here at Stonehill,” said Farrell, a mediated communication major and journalism minor.

“With the record snow fall this winter, the Facilities Management team along with the dedicated assistance from Campus Police, we worked many long hard hours to keep the Stonehill campus safe for students, faculty, staff and visitors.  We could only achieve this with the assistance and dedication from everyone on campus. I want to especially thank the students of Stonehill College who were nothing less than amazing with their help and patience during this very trying winter,” said Director of Facilities Management Bruce Boyer.

Associate Director of Ground Operations Paul Ricci, who oversees snow removal at the College, said Wednesday’s thank you lunch was a tremendous show of support from the Stonehill community.

“This winter was extremely difficult. Not only were we dealing with record breaking snow amounts, but also frigid temperatures and heavy winds throughout many of the storms,” said Ricci. “My staff was truly thankful to everyone who donated and to Tommy for putting it together.”

“To have my idea come to fruition is humbling, but to be honest it wasn't about that,” said Farrell. “It was about recognizing the amount of snow that Stonehill facilities had to deal with week after week. They deserve to know that the community is grateful for their endless work.”