In honor of #GivingTuesday, I wanted to take a few minutes to write about my experiences giving back to the community during my time at Saint Vincent.
A great thing about SVC is that EVERYONE gives back at some point! You don’t have to be in a club specifically geared toward community service, because if you’re involved in a club, a sport, or even a class, you bet you’ll have a chance to lend a hand.
Each year in Br. Mark’s art classes, for example, he takes his students to a local senior care home for an afternoon of sketching the residents’ faces. It’s a lesson in drawing fundamentals, but more importantly, it’s a chance to be a friend to senior citizens – some of which rarely receive visitors of their own. I had the chance to go with my drawing class a few years ago, and I’m glad I did! The residents were so appreciative of our visit (and were very polite even when our drawings didn’t quite look like them…). The students enjoyed it, too.
I’ll always remember my semester-long service-learning project in Dr. McMahon’s First Theology class, the service activities we planned in Alpha Phi Omega, and everything in-between. Each was a rewarding experience in its own, unique way.
Sporting my first creation for a club that made hats for cancer patients
Now that I’m out of school, it’s even easier to see that giving back is woven into Saint Vincent’s core. I like knowing I can still make a difference in small ways by offering career advice to current students and picking up when Phonathon calls. I want students to have the same opportunities I was fortunate enough to have at SVC!
How do you like to give back?