Community Day Strengthens Local Ties with SJU
Monday, October 24, 2011
On Saturday, October 22, Saint Joseph’s University marked its 10th Community Day, a bi-annual event intended to strengthen the campus community while serving the community at large.
Community Day began in the spring of 2007 with approximately 60 participants spending the day doing volunteer work at three sites across Philadelphia. Today, the tradition has grown to involve over 250 participants volunteering at more than 10 sites, including The Arc of Philadelphia, Cliveden Park, Overbrook Library, Morris Park, The Wellness Center, Olivet Baptist Church and various area YMCA’s.
The day kicked off with a welcome speech by SJU Interim President John W. Smithson ’68, MBA ’82, at the Chapel of Saint Joseph - Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial, followed by site assignments and distribution of T-shirts among volunteers.
After a day of service, volunteers reconvened at the Perch for reflection, refreshments, camaraderie and a chance at prizes.
Student director Eric Spector, a junior marketing major from Bucks County, Pa., is proud of this year’s event and the leadership team of 30 close-knit and passionate students who helped to organize it, adding there was even a waiting list to become a site leader.
“Community Day as an organization prides itself on being rooted in the mission of the University, being born out of the Jesuit ideals and having a lasting impact, blossoming new relationships on and off campus,” he says.