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Calling All Non-Profit Organizations in Southeastern Connecticut!

by Stefanie Senkow
October 23, 2018

CGA community serviceNEW LONDON, Conn. -- If your organization is in need of support from true leaders of character, then look no further than the Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. From painting homes for Habitat for Humanity and preparing meals for the needy, to dining with elementary school children and volunteering for marathons, cadets put the “service” in “service academy.”

“The non-profits we partner with are always giving us positive feedback, and I think the reason for that is the cadets genuinely enjoy the community service aspect. Some cadets will dedicate over 100 hours of their time in a single semester,” said Community Service Department Head, First Class (1/c) Colton Atkinson.

Third Class Cadets (3/c) Karina Jensen and Juliana Lehnerova got their hands dirty painting doors, installing dry wall and staging homes for Habitat for Humanity.

“You’re entrusted with construction that will make a direct impact on someone else’s life. Someone is going to live in the house you helped build – and there’s nothing more valuable than that,” said 3/c Jensen.

“We get to meet volunteers in the community outside of the Academy and all work together towards one common goal. We even get to meet the family that will eventually occupy the house,” said 3/c Lehnerova.

1/c Maya Gause credits her community service experience as “life changing,” and her work with mentoring children at Winthrop Elementary and The Boys & Girls Club has inspired her personal goal of improving the lives of inner city youth.

“Developing these relationships with kids that don’t have a mentor and don’t have anyone at home to talk to has changed my outlook. I started my own independent research on young minorities and how to positively impact their lives,” said 1/c Gause.

To request support from the Corps of Cadets, please visit our online form.