Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
Hamden Hall is committed to creating a culture of social responsibility, stewardship, and global awareness among its students at all grade levels. Furthermore, in preparing students for the challenges of life, we believe that each one has a responsibility to give of themselves for the benefit of others. As such, Community Service is a valuable part of The Hamden Hall Experience.

Throughout the year, we provide many opportunities for the students to reach out to the local community. The students may perform community service projects with their classes as a whole or with just a few friends in their own free time. They are also strongly encouraged to follow their own individual cause.

School-sponsored activities include our annual Stuff A Bus, which helps feed 500 families in need through Hamden's Keefe Community Center, and Earth Day, during which all divisions participate in various undertakings and programming. In addition, the Lower School participates in monthly community service projects. 

"It's part of our mission at Hamden Hall to teach students social responsibility. Each of our service projects throughout the year helps our students do this in a developmentally appropriate way," said Lower School Director Lorri Carroll.

In the Middle School, community service is built into the curriculum. Students prepare and serve meals in what is knows as our Life Is Delicious community service project for a local homeless shelter. They also help maintain urban gardens in Greater New Haven. 

Many of the Upper School's community service projects are sponsored and coordinated by Hamden Hall's chapter of Interact, a Rotary-sponsored youth service program that is recognized throughout the world. Other efforts are coordinated by Peer Leaders, the American Red Cross Club, and many others.

Community Service Happenings

List of 15 news stories.

  • Lower School Students Bowl over Pantry with Cereal Donations

    Lower School students ensured that Hamden's Keefe Community Center had plenty of cereal for its food pantry shelves before parting for the summer. According to Lower School Director Lorri Carroll, the pantry was down to about six boxes!
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  • Seniors in the Class of 2021 helped create a pollinator garden at town-owned Eli Whitney Park.

    Pitching in to Protect our Pollinators

    As Upper School students recently trucked back and forth to classes between Hamden Hall’s Whitney Avenue and Davis Street campuses on a patch of land called Eli Whitney Park, some of their peers were busy with one last community service project.
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  • Lower School students created Valentine cards for troops overseas in conjunction with the Hugs for Soldiers program.

    Student Hugs Heading to Troops Overseas

    Hamden Hall Lower School students were part of a global initiative last year that sent more than 20,000 valentines to soldiers overseas. This year, despite the fact that the Hugs for Soldiers program has suspended the project due to COVID-19, our community is one of the few schools across the country asked to participate with student artwork.
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  • Red Cross Club Hosts Second Blood Drive in Six Months

    Hamden Hall's Red Cross Club, which formed during the 2019-2020 school year, conducted its second blood drive within a six-month period on December 6 in Taylor Gymnasium.
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  • Annual Stuff-A-Bus Initiative Helps Feed Local Families

    Our Hamden Hall community stuffed two buses this year during our longstanding Stuff-A-Bus tradition that takes place prior to Thanksgiving.
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  • Heart-Healthy Service Above Self

    Students in Grades 1-5 raised $3,000 for the American Heart Association during the Kids Heart Challenge.
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  • Middle School students prepare and serve a meal four times a year as part of the Life is Delicious community service project.

    A Homemade Meal Makes 'Life Delicious'

    Students weren’t afraid to “dig in” to the ingredients while prepping an evening meal for more than 80 residents at the Columbus House Overflow Shelter in New Haven.
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  • Members of the Hamden Hall Red Cross Club.

    Newly Formed Red Cross Club Has Important Mission

    While there have been blood drives on campus over the years, the school’s inaugural American Red Cross Club has been formed with about 30 students on the roster to participate.
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  • Members of the Music Community Service Club act as harmonious ambassadors for the school.

    Musical Ambassadors: The Music Community Service Club

    Members of the Music Community Service Club along with their advisor, Lower School music teacher Rachael Jungkeit, entertained residents recently at Atria Larsen Place Senior Living Center in Hamden.
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  • Knitted Nicety

    Members of Hamden Hall's Fiber Arts Club sent 31 handmade scarves to the Red Scarf Project, which distributes them to college students who had been in foster care.

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  • 'Souper' Students Serve Meal

    Bill Hunter
    Six members of the Interact Club and two veterans from last year's crew helped serve dinner to 120 visitors in February to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.  
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  • Giving Back One Sock at a Time

    In their first community service project of the school year, Lower Schoolers collected nearly 400 pairs of socks that will warmly cover the feet of those less fortunate in the Greater New Haven area.
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  • Service-Oriented Spring Break

    Spackling and painting aren’t usually associated with spring break, but nine Upper School students and two faculty members picked up brush and putty knife as part of a volunteer effort with Habitat for Humanity.
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  • Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

    Hamden Hall students served more than 200 dinners at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen last month. Students involved with Interact and the Community Service Club sliced and diced vegetables and then served the patrons who frequent the soup kitchen in New Haven.
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  • Community Service at Hamden Hall

    Each fall, the entire Hamden Hall community participates in "Stuff a Bus," a food and canned goods donation and collection initiative. During the 2015-2016 school year, we delivered more than 5,400 non-perishable food items and nearly $1,000 for turkeys to the Hamden Food Bank at the Keefe Community Center in Hamden.
    Our "Hugs for Soldiers" project is an annual school-wide initiative whereby students craft and create valentine cards and messages for troops overseas.
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