|Saint Meinrad Day of Service History|
The Alumni Association Board of Directors, in collaboration with the Alumni Office, started the Saint Meinrad Day of Service in 2014 in an effort to develop more creative ways for alumni to live out the mission of Saint Meinrad in their communities with their fellow classmates and friends. Overall, Saint Meinrad alumni have given over 1500 hours of community service to their local areas through this program and we prepared and served thousands of meals as well as aided in the completion of numerous important projects.
Below is a year by year recap of the programs.
The first Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on March 12, 2014 in Evansville, IN. A total of 20 volunteers came together, prayed morning prayer, then did some general clean up around St. Benedict's Cathedral and a community park. The day ended in mass by the Bishop of Evansville and an alumnus of Saint Meinrad, Bishop Charles Thompson.
Dr. Darren Sroufe T'91 was the site coordinator for the project.
The second annual Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on March 14, 2015 in five locations: St. Meinrad, IN; Evansville, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; and Wilmington, DE. About 130 total volunteers participated and 52 of those participants were alumni.
Photos of the 2015 Saint Meinrad Day of Service can be found here.
The third annual Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on Saturday March 12, 2016 in eight locations: Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Evansville, IN; Kankakee, IL; Bowling Green, KY; Cleveland, OH; New Albany, IN; and St. Meinrad, IN. One project was held on Saturday, February 27, in San Juan, CA.
Projects varied in scope from serving meals at soup kitchens to sprucing up church buildings. Other projects included cleaning up yards of abandoned homes and repair work at a summer camp. Over 100 volunteers took part in the Saint Meinrad Day of Service totaling over 700 hours of service to local communities.
More photos from the 2016 Saint Meinrad Day of Service are available online here.
The fourth annual Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on Saturday March 11, 2017 in nine locations: Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Evansville, IN; Cleveland, OH; New Albany, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Dayton, OH; Toledo, OH; and Fort Wayne, IN.
Volunteers prepared food, served meals to the homeless, painted, packed kits for refugees, assembled furniture, cleaned and did laundry at a women’s shelter, prepared an abandoned home to be remodeled, put siding on a home for Habitat for Humanity, and distributed food to the needy at food banks.
More photos from the 2017 Saint Meinrad Day of Service are available online here.