SJU Launches National Day of Service

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Saint Joseph's launched a new tradtion this May with the establishment of the National Day of Service. Sponsored by the National Alumni Board and co-chaired by Dan Gallagher '94 (B.S.) '99 (M.S.) and Pat McGrory '99 (B.S.), the inaugural event gathered nearly 100 alumni and friends to perform service projects in their local communities.

The project kicked off on May 17 with teams working at four locations: the Philadelphia team cleaned Bodine High School; the Chicago team served at St. Leo Campus for Veterans; and the Washington, D.C., teams assisted at SHARE Food Network in Hyattsville, Md., and the Arlington (Va.) Food Assistance Center.

"The SJU National Day of Service builds upon student projects like Hand-in-Hand and Project Appalachia, but establishes a new tradition where alumni, faculty and students serve together in their local communities," related Gallagher. "It was a powerful testament to our Jesuit heritage to see four decades of SJU alumni gather in Philadelphia at Bodine High School, knowing that four other cities were having the same experience and making a positive impact."

Alumni service events continue on May 31, when the New York City team prepares, serves and cleans up after lunch at the Bowery Mission, located on Manhattan's Lower East side. On June 7, the Boston team will take part in the City Serve-a-thon.

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