Covenant Soup Kitchen
The Covenant Soup Kitchen’s mission is to address the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of those that come through their doors by providing not only food, but an environment of care, love, support and safety. Volunteers assist in greeting clients, preparing and distributing meals and attending to the needs of the clients. The Covenant Soup Kitchen is located at walking distance from campus. The CCE will sponsor two volunteer shifts at the Covenant Soup Kitchen on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Other volunteer opportunities may be available from 9:00AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.
By: Christina Sinclair, May 3rd, 2016
I have always wanted to help others, but I questioned why I should volunteer my time; and, as a college student, I wondered how I could possibly help others in need. However, with Thanksgiving approaching, I started thinking about the many people that won’t be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner; and then, I decided to go the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) to see what volunteer programs they had. The one that stood out to me the most was the Day of Giving Food Drive, so I signed up, and within a day I had an email with the day and time I was volunteering. I was so excited!
On the day of the food drive, we went to the Willimantic Co-op and asked people to donate money and/or food for the Covenant Soup Kitchen. We set up by getting carts and boxes to put the donations in, making signs to hold up, and making flyers to hand out to the customers that walked by. We talked to the customers before they went in to the store, and they were more likely to bring out a canned good or box of food to us for donation than those that ignored us. Almost everyone tried to donate at least one food product, and, in fact, most people donated more than one item! When the day was finished, we had money that was donated, as well as a cart and a huge box filled with food products!
Not only was I able to help people in need, but I also got to talk to people from the Willimantic community. Most people would stop to talk to us, and would listen when we told them about the fire truck that goes around town to alert people when it is time for lunch or dinner, and then we told them how helpful their donations would be. They would tell us that we were doing a good deed, and then would express interest in signing up to volunteer at the Covenant Soup Kitchen. Before this event, I used to think that people did not care about others and just did what was best for them, but everyone in Willimantic showed caring for one another. It made me realize that there are good-hearted people who want the best for their community and the people that live in it.
I recommend that people volunteer for the Day of Giving and any other programs that the CCE has to offer, because it makes you feel better about yourself and helps hundreds of people in need. The food that is donated from the Day of Giving food drives helps people from the Windham community. It is cooked and served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the people in the community that are in need of a good meal.
To look at photos of this event, check out our Flickr account! Day of Giving
Monday, February 13, 2012
Going the distance to make a difference!
Eastern Connecticut State University seniors, Nick Fitzner and Patrick Scully are using their spring break week to certainly go the distance. The Rugby co-captains are riding their bikes from Washington DC to Willimantic to raise $25,000 for the Covenant Soup Kitchen, the Greater Hartford Food Share, and the Connecticut Food Bank.
The boys were inspired by Coach Ray Aramini, who rode from California to Willimantic, and Canada to Willimantic to raise money to fight hunger in Connecticut. Nick and Patrick have been recreationally riding their bikes for years and decided to give up driving their cars. While they had been riding everyday they decided to ride for a cause and raise some money. Being captains and active members of the ECSU Rugby team, they had volunteered at Covenant Soup Kitchen before and became inspired to raise money for the cause.
Nick and Patrick have been fiercely preparing for their journey. They are riding their bikes every day, mapping out their route, and figuring out logistics. Their planned route includes riding about one hundred miles every day during their weeklong expedition. They don’t plan on sightseeing too much; despite this being Nick’s first time going to DC. “We’re excited about seeing the things you don’t plan on seeing. Some of the coolest sightseeing is the stuff you don’t expect to see”.
The boys are also prepared for some struggle on the trip. They foresee weather as being their biggest hardship. “March is a tough month to predict how the weather will be. One day could be sunny and 70, the next it could be snowing”. Nick and Patrick also realize the physical pain will play into their routine. The boys explained that when riding a bike for long periods of time, your hands and feet are the first things to go numb. Despite all these obstacles, there is nothing stopping them from achieving their goals!
Nick and Patrick have learned a lot just through their preparation stages. They have seen a large willingness from friends, family, and community members to give back and they are thrilled by it. Seeing a need for any help at all, they realized how important it is to give back, “even if its $500 that we raise, at least its $500 more than these organizations had before”. They also want to encourage fellow Rugby teammates and University students to continue to bridge the gap between the Willimantic community and Eastern.
As of now, Patrick and Nick are busily getting ready for their admirable expedition. The boys are raising money and taking donations.
For more information check out and donate to their website NPrideforhunger.org or their Facebook page Nick and Pat’s Ride for Hunger.
Nick Fitzner (21, Economics Major, Glastonbury) & Patrick Scully (21, History and Social Sciences Major, Farmington)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This past Friday morning, Eastern students, athletes, and faculty members gathered professor Charlie Chatterton in his Third Annual Poverty Awareness Marathon at Eastern. The marathon consisted of 22 laps around campus, which were 2.1 miles each. The goal of the marathon was to raise awareness of poverty and collect cans for the Covenant Soup Kitchen. The initial goal of the marathon was to collect 462 cans, which represents the 46.2 million people who currently live in poverty in the United States. That goal was far exceeded with the final number of non-perishable goods being a whopping 710! Thanks to everyone who came out or donated goods!