Get Involved | BHLP Community Service
Service and service experiences are inextricably linked with leadership development. In promoting this belief, our Blue Hen Leadership Program offers community service experiences for students registered in the program. Some of these events may be held on campus; many of them will be held at off-campus locations. BHLP provides transportation for a limited number of students for each off-campus event.
BHLP regularly organizes monthly activities for program participants.
Details on monthly activities are coming soon. For more information, contact Matthew Creasy of the University Student Centers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sam McGonigle, BHLP student assistance for service activities:
Sam McGonigle is the BHLP Student Assistant for Service who coordinates monthly service events and Days of Service for the program. She is a sophomore and Tier 2 participant from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This is her second year as a student worker, but her love for community service began in high school when she started volunteering at animal shelters and planned a blood drive with her Student Government. Sam’s goal is to organize events that will get students engaged so that they can recognize the positive impact service can have on their own lives and on the community at large.
Alternative Winter Break
Each winter session, BHLP partners with Community Collaborations International to work on projects valuable to local communities.
BHLP’s Alternative Winter Break is one of the best weeks your UD experience can offer, with opportunities to bond with your peers and to experience the rejuvenating satisfaction of service. Above all, participants will leave feeling inspired to make tangible, sustainability-based change in the UD community. The trip cost is yet to be finalized, but will most likely range between $900-$1,200.
2018 Winter Trip Application: Due October 3, 2017. Apply here!
Alternative Winter Break Service Leaders 2017-2018:
Mary Kate Scott is a Sophomore from Maple Glen, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a degree in Health Behavior Science with a concentration in Health and Disability. She became involved with BHLP during her Freshman year by first participating in QUEST and then went on to complete Tier 1. Along with BHLP, Mary Kate is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the Health Behavior Science Club, and the Food Recovery Network. She believes that service is the best way to learn about one’s self and others. Her ASB trip to Baltimore, Maryland was a pivotal part of her Freshman year which inspired her to apply to be a service leader. Her favorite part of the trip was interacting with the community and having meaningful conversations that she will cherish forever. She is now looking forward to her trip to Houston, Texas this coming winter break!
Steven Medina is an upcoming sophomore at UD from Union, New Jersey who is currently undecided on a major but has interests in business, environmental science, and political science. He is an active member of BHLP and has just completed Tier 1 while looking forward to taking on Tier 2. His favorite experience with BHLP was being a participant on the 2017 Alternative Winter Break Trip in Biloxi, Mississippi that focused on environmental sustainability. After being accepted as a BHLP service leader he can’t wait to provide the great opportunities and experiences to oncoming participants that come with going on the BHLP alternative break trips.
Alternative Spring Break: Affordable Housing in New Bern, North Carolina
Embark on a weeklong adventure with BHLP down to New Bern, North Carolina, where we partner with Habitat for Humanity and the local community to build a home for a family in need.
This trip will completely change the way you view community service! We work on everything from drywall, to framing, to building a tool shed! You absolutely do not need any prior experience with tools or home building to go on this trip. Over the course of the week, our group becomes a family as we eat, sleep, and work together every day. The quaint town of New Bern welcomes us with its famous southern hospitality to make for an incredible week. This Spring Break Trip offers great opportunities to make new friends, reflect on a personal level, and gain a greater appreciation for what we usually take for granted. You most definitely won’t regret spending your spring break in NC with BHLP and Habitat for Humanity!
Application for both spring trips close October 10, 2017. Apply Here!
Affordable Housing Service Leaders 2017-2018:
Emma Blanchard is a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering as a member of the Honors Program. She got involved with the Blue Hen Leadership Program the summer before her freshman year as a member of QUEST. She completed her tier one certification and was a participant in the affordable housing trip to New Bern, NC where she learned what being a leader really means. Aside from BHLP, Emma is a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women. She is now working on completing tier 2 and is excited to be a service leader for the 2017-2018 school year. She hopes to help others learn what leadership truly is while getting to know more of her amazing BHLP peers.
Chris Remley is a sophomore from Cranford, New Jersey. He is majoring in Sports Management with minors in Entrepreneurship as well as Organizational and Community Leadership. Last year, Chris was involved in the Urban Hunger ASB Trip to Baltimore, MD and completed Tier 1 of BHLP. Outside of BHLP, he took his talents to the courts and competed on the club tennis team and also worked for athletic operations. In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing spikeball, throwing a Frisbee, and listening to new music. This school year he looks forward to completing Tier 2 of BHLP, joining club Frisbee, and engaging further in service. He is also beyond excited to be a trip leader for the New Bern, NC ASB Trip and hopes to inspire others the way his trip leaders inspired him.
Alternative Spring Break: Urban Revitalization Trip
BHLP’s Urban Revitalization alternative break trip works with several organizations in Baltimore, Maryland. We will work with organizations that seek to decrease the prevalence of food deserts in the city, reduce food waste and increase access to healthier alternatives, and provide better opportunities for local populations. Free time activities will include getting to know the community and exploring the rich culture of Baltimore City as participants bond as a team and work to make a difference!
Application for both spring trips close October 10, 2017. Apply Here!
Urban Revitalization Service Leaders 2017-2018:
Jordan Del Bianco is a sophomore from Rutland, Vermont. She is studying Athletic Training with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration. She has a strong passion for helping others and giving back to her communities. She started her journey with BHLP by participating in QUEST, then went on to complete Tier 1, and attend the Urban Revitalization Spring Break Trip. She had an amazing time in Baltimore and looks forward to leading this unforgettable experience.
Dan Calaff will be a service leader for Baltimore’s Alternative Spring Break. I joined BHLP to expand my borders out of the dorm room and into a program that will help me grow as a person, leader, and friend. I hope to gain valuable life experience from this trip to Baltimore and a better sense of what it means to be a community member. Some hobbies of mine include skiing, drawing, and powerlifting. I aspire to become an ophthalmologist one day and get into stem cell research as an undergrad.