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More than 100 Bonaventure community members take part in weekend of service

Apr 24, 2023

Building a Boardwalk Bona Serves 2023More than 100 members of the St. Bonaventure community participated Saturday and Sunday in BonaServes, the university’s inaugural effort to coordinate a weekend of volunteer activities on campus and in the local community.

Volunteers logged nearly 400 total hours of service at sites that included: St. Vincent DePaul, YMCA, Canticle Farm, trails behind the university’s campus, and the United Way of Cattaraugus County. April is National Volunteer Month.

Because of inclement weather, two service sites — Franchot Park and Pfeiffer Nature Center — had to cancel their opportunities.

BonaServes T-shirtMany of the volunteers attended a meal after Saturday’s day of service in the Great Room of the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry.

“Students, faculty and staff had a great time,” said Alice Miller Nation, director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern. “Many, many people thanked me for the efforts in putting the day together. I think it was a good start to what we hope can be an annual tradition."


About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. St. Bonaventure was named the #5 regional university value in the North in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 college rankings edition.