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As part of a partnership with the Feinstein Community Connections program at Roger Williams University, seventy-five incoming freshmen and six group leaders came to Casey Farm in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, for a community service day.
After a brief orientation, three groups of volunteers got to work with one or two Casey Farm staff members. The students detached bird netting from the blueberry enclosure, removed black plastic weed barriers from the strawberry fields, cleared walls and trash from Boston Neck Road, cleaned up the heavily used public areas of the farm, washed cemetery stones, and weeded (a lot). This was Casey Farm’s first partnership with Feinstein Community Connections. The students provided more than five hundred volunteer hours in one day.
Every member of the freshman class at Roger Williams University participates in the Feinstein Community Connections program. This year they worked at thirty-seven sites across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. The program is in its fourteenth year and has provided more than 75,000 hours of community service.