The community service program aims to deepen our students' awareness of the needs of their local and global neighbors, and to inspire our community to work effectively to oppose injustice and create change.
The program presents students with opportunities for service and welcomes their proposals for service projects, as well. Juniors and seniors on the Westover Service Team dedicate three afternoons each week to working in local elementary schools, nursing homes, and programs for children and adults with disabilities. The Community Service Council, a committee of two class representatives from each grade, plans and orchestrates service opportunities for each class and for the school as a whole. The Junior class runs the Dorcas Fair, a large community fundraising event, and the Sophomore class participates in an annual pen pal program and play day with children from a local inner city elementary school. Although Westover students perform most of their community service locally, they have also undertaken service trips to other regions of the country, to Latin America, and to Africa.
This trip is a continuation of a Westover summer program dating back to the mid-1980s that provides community service activities on behalf of residents of Jackson County, Kentucky. A 2013 study identified Jackson County as the second poorest county in the United States, based on six sets of indices: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy, and obesity rate.
Current Service Partners
- Abbey of Regina Laudis
- American Cancer Society
- Brass City Charter School
- Connecticut Food Bank
- Flanders Nature Center
- Girls Incorporated
- Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries Soup Kitchen
- Little Britches Therapeutic Riding Program
- Living In Safe Alternatives
- Maranyundo Initiative & Maranyundo School (Rwanda)
- March of Dimes
- Middlebury Convalescent Home
- National MS Society
- Red Cross Blood Services
- Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury
- St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter
- Special Olympics of Connecticut
- Therapeutic Child Center
- Tyner Family Resource Center (Kentucky)
- Waterbury Baptist Ministries