Service Day Brings Together the Suffolk Community
On April 12, kitchens and shelters across Boston will be partially staffed by Suffolk volunteers. The occasion is the 16th annual Service Day event hosted by the S.O.U.L.S Center. An impressive 215 participants will be sent to seven locations in which they will perform duties from packaging and serving food to uplifting and aiding the less fortunate of the community.
“It is important for S.O.U.L.S. to take a day where they can engage as much of the Suffolk community as possible in service,” said Campus Partnership Scholar Erin Bessette. “Service is great way to get the community together.”
S.O.U.L.S has already achieved that goal with attendees from a wide range of on campus organizations. Members of Alternative Spring Break, Suffolk Alumni Association, the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Suffolk Entrepreneurs have already pledged their involvement. They will be assisting in one of several Boston foundations such as Cradles to Crayons, Project Bread, Community Servings and Boston Living Center.
Aaron Lumnah, President of the Suffolk Entrepreneurs, said “I think it’s really important to get involved and give back to the greater Boston community. As students, we call this city home and reap the benefits of being here, so I thought Service Day was a great way to give back as a group.”
Along with his executive board, Lumnah gathered eight of the club’s members to work at Cradles to Crayons. The process of getting involved was easier for the group as they were able to work closely with the S.O.U.L.S. office to procure a spot. Their involvement is proof of the wide range of participation in Service Day.
“Service Day is a great Suffolk tradition that really gets the entire campus involved and provides a great opportunity for people who usually might not have the time to get involved and volunteer their time,” Lumnah asserts.
Individuals who have volunteered with the S.O.U.L.S Center in the past confirm that it is a rewarding experience. Freshman Jaime Fantasia Crawford-Walker noticed a flier asking students to “give a damn” and was drawn into a previous event that took place at Casi di Nova, a family shelter. It was her first time ever volunteering. “I realized how important it is for college students to be active in the community. Helping others that are not as fortunate as oneself is an amazing feeling. People were so thankful, I would definitely do it again'” said Crawford-Walker. “I recommend it to every Suffolk student to be an active member in the community and volunteer.”
This is just one of the hundreds of memories students gain through engaging in S.O.U.L.S. activities. Bessette knows the event creates a long lasting sense of compassion in participants. She promises “our students will have a meaningful experience, enjoy their experience, and be inspired to help their community.”