A vital part of the Jesuit tradition at Santa Clara University has always been service. This spring, the entire Santa Clara community is invited to spend a morning dedicating themselves to that tradition by participating in a service event and then coming together to reflect on their experience as a community.
Staff Senate, in partnership with Alumni Relations, will be hosting the first annual SCU Community Service Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012. They welcome all members of the Santa Clara community including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and family members to sign up and help give back.
“We want as many people as possible to come together so we can all work to serve the community,” said Lester Deanes, SCU assistant dean of student life and member of the Staff Senate.
The Staff Senate has always valued community service and they provide several service opportunities throughout the year but this is the Senate’s first year hosting an event of this magnitude. They hope that the SCU Community Service Day will quickly become a Santa Clara tradition.
Participants will have the opportunity to join other members of the Santa Clara community and take part in service activities as a Santa Clara team. Participants can pick from a variety of activities, including a park clean up at Alum Rock Park, gardening at the Bronco Urban Garden or Full Circle Farm, and working at the Sacred Heart Community Service Center.
“Service happens in so many ways,” said Deanes. “We wanted to provide many different opportunities so people can try new ways to get involved and maybe even get outside their comfort zone.”
In addition to the service activities, participants are invited to reconvene in the afternoon for a lunch provided by Bon Appétit and a reflection lead by Campus Ministry. Along with creating a new Santa Clara tradition, the Staff Senate hopes that the SCU Community Service Day will ignite a lifelong love and commitment to community service for all those involved.
Spots are filling up quickly so visit the Staff Senate website
to sign up.