Fontbonne Day was last Friday. It occurs one day a year when all of Fontbonne breaks up into groups and goes into various locations to do volunteer work. In the past I did not have a group to go with. This year however, I got inducted into ODK. It is the national honor society for students who are in the top third in their class. Anyway, I got the chance to go with this group this year. Our group when to a local First Baptist Church to do gardening. Me and my friends took out weeds and placed mulch in the garden. Some other people painted the shed. We were rewarded with a delicious lunch afterwards! We had hot dogs, chips, and various desserts. At the end, there was fried chicken! I am glad I participated in this experience!
As you all know, last week we had our annual Fontbonne Day, a day where campus shuts down and faculty, students, and staff go out into the community and serve. This year I had the opportunity to go out to Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) in Wildwood, Missouri with Fontbonne’s Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. EAT provides equine, or horse, therapy to people with developmental and/or physical disabilities. EAT has many horses, a few donkeys, and even some cats running around. Our main job for the day was to help clean, which included not only helping to clean and organize the buildings and property, but also the horses! Since it is finally starting to warm up, it was important to give the horses baths after a long winter. Cleaning a horse is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but they were all so sweet and gentle, so that made it easier! Once we cleaned the horses we gave them “manicures” or painted their hoofs with a protective coat to help protect them from the weather and land. This was definitely a new and unique experience for me, and I am so happy that I got to experience EAT and meet all the wonderful horses during my time volunteering! What did you do for Fontbonne Day?
Here’s me and Cassie, another dietetics student, and Chewy, one of the horses we bathed!
Have a great week griffins!
As the fall semester here at Fontbonne is halfway through, I’ve finally had a chance to start my volunteer service at St. Mary’s Hospital. I have to admit, when I first started the process to become a volunteer I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information and a little unsure whether I could do a good job or not. The hospital requires two up-to-date TB tests, a flu shot during flu season (they provide free flu shots to volunteers), a volunteer interview, an orientation day, and a commitment of 12 months. It seems like a lot, but once you get started everything goes fairly quickly.
On my first day of volunteering I didn’t know what to expect. I had a lot of questions, but the other volunteers there were able to answer most of my questions and also help guide me through the different processes. I also met a lot of new people that came to the hospital to visit their loved ones. I was able to walk them to their destinations and chat with them a little. Each visitor seemed relieved to have the small help of navigating the large building. The visitors also had unique stories to tell. Each interaction felt like small gift in time.
During your time at Fontbonne I would highly recommend taking the time to volunteer in the community, if not at St. Mary’s, then perhaps with an organization that sparks your interest. There are perks to volunteering, like being able to put it on your resume for a master’s program or an addition to some scholarship applications. I think, however, that being able to give your time for a good cause is a reward all on its own. Now get out there and do something good for your community!