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While attending Fontbonne University, I can honestly say that I love living in a city that has several volunteering opportunities at almost every corner you turn, not literally speaking though. Growing up, I was taught to give of my time and talents to those in need, whether that is through my church services or girl scout programs, service projects, hospital volunteering, my youth group events that would go on during high school years, and much more. No matter what the event or occasion was, there was something to better give of my time and talents as well as learn from those who I helped.

Starting with grade school, I can say that I contributed more than 300 service hours to my surrounding community and increased that number even more going into high school by more than 200 hours. Sure those are big numbers, but numbers do not matter to me, it is those lives that you touch that matter. Which moving on to my college days which are current, I volunteer still even though my schedule has become more busy more than I would ever imagine. During the summer I volunteer at a Vacation Bible School where I have volunteered every summer since I was in grade school and also attended the event myself as a little one. Also, I used to volunteer at week-long Girl Scout Camps, where I would aide any leaders in assistance or even lead my own group to be honest. Sure I endured the hot temperatures and had lots of fun though sadly I have not been able to help out in that area for a while. Lastly, I love volunteering at Children’s Hospital, adjacent to Forest Park and Barnes Jewish Hospital whenever possible. There I have one-on-one contact with patients where I assist them with having someone to play a game with, running an errand to go get their favorite games, find movies in which they may enjoy and much more. It is a rewarding experience each and every time. I love having the opportunity to help those in hospitals or any other area and be helped in return with no expectations. The purpose is to build relationships with those around me in the broader community. Make sure to give a little bit of time each and every year to help those in need, it does not have to be through donations or spending large amounts of money, though rather give of your time. Time is one of the most valuable things we have in life.

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Hello! Today, I am going to be sharing my thoughts on community service and its relevance to Fontbonne’s mission statement.

“Why is service so important?”

Serving your community lets others know that you want to help change the world little by little while gaining a new perspective of life. Service, amidst being so important, is beneficial for communication skills as well as other attributes that are admirable in the work place.

“Why is it important for Fontbonne to encourage and participate in service as a whole?”

At Fontbonne, it is important and somewhat obligatory to be inclusive and welcoming as a part of promoting and participating in community service. People, especially college-aged students, need to understand the value of contributing to such great causes, whether those be for the environment or social justice.

“And why is service important to you personally?”

I just really love helping people and accomplishing either tough or fun tasks that promote goodness and the cultivation of a stronger community . It makes me happy to see others smile! I always think, “Wow, we just made a huge impact on someone’s life today. I’m so proud of us,” after I finish a day of service with various groups of people.

“Who has influenced your thoughts on service and community contribution?”

My parents. I owe it all to them. (And God, of course)! They taught me well.

A couple of examples of places that offer amazing volunteer opportunities are 1) NAMI St. Louis (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and 2) Saint Vincent de Paul thrift stores. If you have the chance, check either out on the web to learn more about their causes.

Thank you so much for reading! Good luck with studying for finals, everyone. Ta, ta for now!

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Penny

Fontbonne Day

by Penny on April 22, 2013

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Last Friday, April 12, was Fontbonne Day, which is our community service day in mission together. On this day, faculty and students joined different service projects in the St. Louis area.  First, we gathered together for reflection and discussion in the morning of Fontbonne Day. There was an introduction and an interfaith panel on Catholic social teaching. Then, we left campus to do our different group service sites in the St. Louis area.

One of my graduate classmates, three Fontbonne faculty, and I joined the service project for SarahCare Adult Day Service, a day care
organization for disabled adults. They have over 20 clients in their organization, and different adults have different needs to be taken care of. Our group did many activities with the adults. We played puzzles and games (candy land, Bingo) together. I’m not familiar with American games, and this was my first time to play Candy Land and I played with adults. It was so much fun.  I also assisted them with walking, lunch, and anything they needed. During the day, I’ve learned I need to pay more attention to listen and chat to those with special needs.

I remember one of the clients kept telling me “I love you, you are pretty and sweet. Everyone here loves you so much.” She told me over 10 times in just 1 minute. Since she has dementia, she forgets easily what she said. Every adult in this organization had different needs, but they’re so cute and very open minded to express their love. They gave me many hugs and kisses, even though I just stayed with them for a few hours.   Aw…, they’re so sweet to me. Even though they have some disability, their heart is so lovely and sweet.

For me, Fontbonne Day is a really meaningful day to contribute to the St. Louis Area. I will get involved in more volunteer and service opportunities in the future.

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How exactly do I show my Fontbonne spirit?? Well that’s easy enough! Fontbonne has always been like a family to me. Its close-knit community and friendly staff have made me feel more than at home here in St. Louis. Coming in as a freshmen two years ago, I realized that people here LOVE to get involved. Day one, students were everywhere eager to help all of us move in. Various clubs and organizations were also there to assist. The transition from high school senior to college freshman was made ten times easier with the help of Fontbonne and the student/faculty base. During orientation we contributed to various community service projects. My choice to attend Fontbonne was becoming clear that I had made the right decision. Students and faculty are always helping out and getting different organizations or community service projects going. Needless to say, a great way for students to show their school spirit here at Fontbonne is through community service and involvement in school organizations. It feels good to be able to represent your school on a community level. Another way I show school pride is through the athletic teams I play on. Playing for the women’s soccer and basketball teams here at the university allows me to represent my school and wear their colors proudly. Go Griffins!

ava :)

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Homelessness in St. Louis: What you can do about it!

by Alumni Posts February 10, 2012

One thing I’ve noticed since moving to St. Louis is that there is a large homeless population here. In the January 2010 census, there were 1,305 counted homeless persons in the St. Louis area. Almost every day on my way to school I pass at least one homeless man holding a cardboard sign. My heart […]

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“Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City”

by Alumni Posts March 28, 2011

Now, I’ve never seen the musical “Oklahoma,” but I know a couple of songs from it, like “Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City” (and of course, the Oooo-klahoma one). How this relates to my life? Well, on Friday, I took part in the Fontbonne In Service and Humility (or F.I.S.H., but more commonly written […]

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