By Emily Steves, ’15
St. Bonaventure University will conclude its celebration of Francis of Assisi with a Campus Service Day on Saturday, Oct. 5.
“Francis went about his hometown, helping those in need and those often overlooked by others,” said Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern on campus. “This is an opportunity for the students to give back to the community of which they are a part.”
Students can sign up in the Thomas Merton Center to serve at Genesis House, Mt. Irenaeus, the Olean Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Canticle Farm and the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Another available opportunity includes building wheelchair ramps with BonaResponds in Delevan, N.Y. Transportation will be provided to each off-campus service site.
Help will also be needed with the setup and cleanup for St. Bonaventure’s second year hosting the March for Babies walk on the Allegheny River Valley Trail. Clubs and individuals are invited to raise money for the event and then join the walk. All proceeds go to research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives through the March of Dimes.
“We hope clubs and students will just want to get involved because it’s a good cause,” said Rob DeFazio, director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership/Richter Center. “We want to represent and show well for this event. All clubs and organizations need to do at least 20 hours of community service, and this is a good opportunity.”
Service Day kicks off with a 9:30 a.m. gathering in the Walsh Auditorium.
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