Service & Community Engagement
At Stonehill we act to make a more just and compassionate world a reality – an intrinsic element of the Stonehill experience – and community engagement is rooted in our mission.
A Commitment to the Greater Good
Our students, faculty and staff live Stonehill's commitment to social justice, our belief in the inherent dignity of each person and our mission to foster critical thinking and free inquiry. Students regularly engage with the local, national and global community through programs such as Coaching4Change, The Downtown Center for Community Engagement and the Martin Institute for Law & Society, among others.
Our students are the kinds of people who get out there and make a difference. They’re in it for the experience, the people and because it’s the right thing to do. Each year, Stonehill students provide nearly 100,000 hours of community service through programs such as the Farm at Stonehill, H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program and Stonehill Service Corps, among others. Service experiences build leadership skills, broaden their understanding of diversity and develop a keener sense of justice.
Whether it’s helping out at a local nursing home, participating in the Relay for Life, or building houses in Nicaragua, our students are constantly finding new and inventive ways to change the world.
H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program
Inspired by the enduring values of a Holy Cross education, and the belief that learning is enhanced when it takes place in the context of a compelling situation, H.O.P.E. seeks to engage members of the Stonehill community in cross-cultural service experiences. H.O.P.E. further endeavors to challenge the Stonehill community to grow in love of God and neighbor by embodying the Church's commitment to a preferential option for and with the poor.
The Farm at Stonehill
The Farm at Stonehill was established in January 2011 in response to food access issues in the neighboring city of Brockton, Massachusetts. Since its inception, The Farm has donated more than 80,000 pounds of fresh organic produce to our four community partner organizations.
The Farm at Stonehill Mobile Market
The Farm’s Mobile Market gives residents who do not live near grocery stores access to healthy eating options, and shares information about other efforts to increase wellness in the community. The Mobile Market does this by partnering with other organizations to offer cooking demonstrations, recipes and nutritional information to visitors.
Community Engagement Day
Community Engagement Day, held each August, introduces first-year students to local service opportunities through an engagement panel with community partners and a Volunteer Fair on the quad. Throughout the year, students serve at more than 25 local sites totaling more than 7,000 hours.