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RWU students help spruce up Nathanael Greene Homestead

August 27, 2013

Roger Williams University freshman Matt Russo picks up a pile of dead leaves as part of the school's partnership with the General Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry. Jessica Boisclair. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY— For the ninth year, Roger Williams University (RWU) held it’s Annual Community Connections program for incoming freshman and the Nathanael Greene Homestead once again benefited from the community service.

Lynda Curtis, Media Relations Manager at the university, explained that more than 1,200 students, staff and faculty volunteered yesterday at 50 non-profits throughout the state; equaling approximately 6,300 hours of community service.

She said the university sends out flyers looking for non-profits in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts that may need extra help.

“Community service and giving back to the community is our core values at RWU so even before the freshman are in class, we wanted to give them an opportunity to fulfill community service and get involved in the local community,” she said.

Each freshman is given a site location based on their major and questions asked by the administration when they submitted their applications to RWU.

Yesterday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 25 students gathered at the Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry to assist in washing windows, dusting, repairing the stone wall and tidying up the home, cemetery and landscape.

Richard Siembab, Treasurer and curator at the homestead, explained that having the students for a few hours for one day helps tremendously.

“This is a god-send for organizations like us,” he added. “To be able to have this much work done and these are a great group of kids.”

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