Continuing what has become an anticipated annual event, the Franciscan Center for Social Concern (FCSC) will once again host a multi-day sale on St. Bonaventure University’s campus to raise funds in support of direct service programming.
Working closely with the environmental groups on campus, the FCSC seeks to keep useable items from going into the garbage after finals each year. Each item donated by students is an item that does not end up in a landfill.
FCSC Director Jeffrey Sved recognizes that this environmental stewardship is part of SBU’s Catholic identity.
“As a Franciscan university, we seek to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis (and St. Clare) of Assisi. Francis is the patron saint of ecology! Any small way we can take care of our common home falls right in line with that Franciscan calling,” Sved shared.
While this is a great sustainability initiative, it is also a great fundraiser for the FCSC. All revenue generated from the sale will go toward FCSC service programs, including weekly local volunteer opportunities as well as BREAKtheBubble Service Trips, and International Service and Immersion Awards.
Unlike in previous years, this year the sale will be held in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry in the center of campus. The sale will begin as part of Olean’s Community-wide Garage Sale on Saturday, May 19. Doors will open promptly at 9 a.m.
The sale will continue:
Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“Please come support SBU’s service programming and find great deals on everything from water bottles, to lamps, to furniture — or even a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan,” said Sved.
As Pope Francis shares in his Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home – “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.”
This is one of many ways that SBU students and staff do their part in caring for our common home here in Cattaraugus County.
The Franciscan Center for Social Concern is SBU’s home for direct service, social justice, and advocacy programming. Programs include local service organizations Bona Buddies Mentoring Program and the Warming House Soup Kitchen, as well as Silver Wolves (coordinates weekly activities at Eden Heights) and SBU@SPCA (coordinates weekly volunteer trips to the SPCA). The FCSC also coordinates the BREAKtheBubble service trips and provides International Service and Immersion Awards for students to serve internationally. For more information, follow the FCSC on social media at FCSCsbu.
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