The students are members of Housatonic’s Human Services Club, an organization of students that regularly volunteer their time to providing community service in Bridgeport. Ayala thanked the students for their work, and talked a bit about what he does as their state senator.
“The members of Housatonic Community College’s Human Services Club are a truly remarkable group of young people,” Ayala said. “Between the food drives they have organized, the hours volunteered at shelters, and their countless other efforts, these students have made Bridgeport a better place for all of us. It was my pleasure to show the club members around the Capitol and hear their thoughts on the important issues currently before the General Assembly.”
Students involved in the Human Services Club collect donated goods to be distributed to the needy, and also volunteer to help those living in shelters and halfway houses. In addition to volunteer work, they regularly take trips to public service organizations so they can see what it is like to work in a helping environment.
Ayala has admired the group’s work for many years now, and in fact hired a former Human Services Club member as his legislative aide when he was first elected to the Senate.
Besides talking about the work they have been doing in Bridgeport, the students were eager to speak with Ayala about his work in the General Assembly and how it impacts his constituents in Bridgeport and Stratford. Their conversation covered topics ranging from local issues to the statewide debate on gun control.
“Housatonic Community College has been a life-changing school in the Greater Bridgeport Area for nearly 50 years,” Ayala said. “By investing in the school and taking the time to work with students as they explore careers in public service, we are promoting the future leaders of Connecticut.”
Ayala has been a champion for Housatonic during his entire tenure as a legislator. Recently he was happy to announce that Gov. Dannel Malloy has allocated $3,212,348 in bonding funds to improve the technological and research capabilities at Housatonic. These funds will ensure that students receive a cutting edge education that prepares them to enter the workforce.