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What a Difference a Day Makes: St. John’s University Students Volunteer at Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) was recently chosen as one of the sites for St. John’s University’s Service Day. On Saturday, September 26th, a total of thirteen volunteers–all freshman students with sophomore leaders–came to two of our programs to beautify the surroundings. This joint effort was organized by CCBQ’s Volunteer office and St. John’s Office of University Mission and Academic Service–Learning Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA).
Eight students came to our Bayside Senior Center in Queens to help beautify the garden surrounding the center. They raked up leaves, cut branches, and pulled the weeds. Five students volunteered at the St. Leonard’s Family Housing in Brooklyn where they gave the surrounding fence a much-needed paint job. CCBQ provided lunch to the hardworking volunteers.
Pictured with the student volunteers at the Bayside Senior Center in Queens is Susan Shafer (center),
Program Manager at the Catholic Charities Bayside Senior Center.
Now in its 14th year, St. John’s University Service Day is held on the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, whose compassion and zeal for service continues to inspires so many to work towards social justice and the reduction of poverty. The day services as the culmination of St. John’s University Founder’s Week, a week of events and programs dedicated to deepening our knowledge and understanding of our Vincentian heritage. Not only do students volunteer, but also alumni, friends of the University, faculty, staff and administrators from all of St. John’s campuses.
We are so grateful for the continued support of St. John’s University.
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