Saint Leo University Community Service Project an Inspiring Success
November 13, 2013
Saint Leo University’s fall Community Service Day at University Campus was held Monday afternoon, November 11, in a single, mass event organized for the charity Feeding Children Everywhere. The nonprofit organization empowers and mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals. The effort was also part of the university’s Veterans Day 2013 activities. The choice was a fitting one for the holiday. Saint Leo student-veterans, as well as their civilian counterparts, have expressed to administrators a desire to reach out through service to other countries to promote peace and alleviate suffering and poverty.
Volunteers from campus and the community worked in assembly-line fashion under several large tents erected on the lawn between the Student Activities Building and Crawford Hall. The goal was to pack 250,000 meals for hungry children in Africa. Saint Leo has held events at University Campus for Feeding Children Everywhere twice before, but this time established a more ambitious goal. Monday’s food assembling and packing project took three and a half hours.
Dr. Rhondda Waddell, director of the Center for Values, Service, and Leadership, was delighted with the results. “We had 602 volunteers who packed 250,553 meals, so we surpassed our goal. We are grateful for all the students, faculty, staff, community members, and others who assisted in making this effort successful,” she said.
University Campus will hold its next Community Service Day on Monday, January 20, 2014, which commemorates the birthdate of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.