The Candor

BenU hosts Community Service Fair

by Tim Ziman

Photo credit: Tim Ziman

Benedictine University opened its ministry annex to host a Community Service Fair on Thursday, January 29.

The fair gave campus students a chance to get involved with local community service projects, including students who are currently enrolled in the HUMN 250 classes, which requires a minimum of ten hours of service.

“Benedictine students are giving students. I find they are always looking to serve. It is a great statement of their generation. We are called to be of service to one another. Our students connect with those they serve and have powerful stories to share about what their service experience was like,” said Pastoral Associate for Outreach and coordinator of the event, Carrie Roberts.

BenU students browsed from table to table, exploring all of their potential volunteering opportunities.

“I am pleased with how many organizations are here. I had the details from Connection with Friends and Habitat for Humanity,” said Benedictine University junior, Gabby Chartrand.

The members of the Benedictine University community believe that volunteering is a big part of who they are.

“This is a time when a dozen local nonprofits come to campus to meet Benedictine students. It is a time when Benedictine further demonstrates its commitment to strengthening our community,” said Roberts.

There were a number of local volunteer groups at the Service Fair, including Habitat for Humanity, Almost Home Kids, Loaves and Fishes, Feed My Starving Children, DuPage Pads, Reach, Catholic Friends and even more locally, Benedictine’s very own Sacred Heart Monastery.

“Volunteer Coordinators from the nonprofits that are present are always eager to visit campus to connect with students. Connecting students with organizations is the essential component of the Community Service Fair,” said Roberts.

“Campus Ministry schedules the Community Service Fair at a time when most students would be able to attend. Advertising for the Community Service Fair is always important, because the organizations we connect with are able to continue because of volunteers like our students.”

Students left the fair with an open mind about the organizations that they have the opportunity to help out.

“The fair is very organized and a rich opportunity for students to give back to the community. As a departing senior I feel it is very necessary for students to step out of their academic obligations and interact with the community,” said senior, Dana Mourad.