Yale Public Safety - Recent community events and drives

January 31, 2022

Over the holidays and into January, Yale Public Safety teamed up with several Yale groups and New Haven churches to help those in need. Efforts included several successful food and coat drives. Here is a snapshot of those local happenings.

Yale Police Department (YPD) members worked with Pastor Donald Morris of the Christian Community Commission (CCC), collecting toys, hats, and gloves. The YPD and CCC distributed these items to individuals in need in the local community. Each month, the CCC has a community drive depending upon local needs. Officer Greg Swiantek, working with other YPD officers and Pastor Morris, will help support these upcoming monthly drives.

In December, several YPD officers assisted the Yale African American Affinity Group with their yearly coat drive—picking up donations from around campus. It was a tremendous success, with over 400 coats and other winter items collected.

During the holidays, YPD partnered with Yale Athletics and the Yale Veterans Association delivering gifts and winter clothing to families in need. Also, the YPD helped collect and deliver toys through the Toys for Tots program.

Several members of the YPD including, Sergeants Chris Halstead and Martha Cedeno-Ross and Officers Daniel Cavanaugh, Chris Reddington, Erik St. Germain, and Danny Sentementes, sponsored several families currently residing in a local shelter.

Lastly, the YPD assisted the Community Baptist Church of New Haven in handing out bags of food items during their monthly food pantry event. Over the next few months, the YPD will continue to support the church’s monthly food drive collecting non-perishable items for distribution through the church to individuals in need within the community.

Members of Yale Athletics, including mascot Boola and Yale Police delivered gifts and clothing to local families in need.