When you go to school in a big city like Chicago, there is a large need for volunteers, which means that it is not hard to fulfill DePaul’s mission. In responding to Vinny’s question “What Must Be Done? ” the answer is, a lot! But any little bit helps.
I answered the question by joining Alpha Phi Omega my sophomore year and volunteering with the service fraternity every quarter.
APO has many relationships with nonprofits and charities across the city, but one of my favorite volunteer opportunities was cheering on the runners at the Hot Chocolate Run. If you know anything about me, you know that I despise waking up early (although now that I am teaching every day I am a lot more used to it). Still, watching the sunrise above the city with my fellow fraternity brothers was a fond memory and a great way to kick off this volunteer opportunity.
For the next four hours, we cheered, danced, and supported the exhausted runners on their journey to the finish line. The goal was simple: make them smile and give them a reason to keep going. I am not a runner, so I was consistently impressed with everyone who was part of the race, from kids to grandparents, and it was great to give them that extra boost of motivation.
This is just one of many runs that APO volunteers at—they also support those in the Chicago Marathon as well as the Color Run. I highly recommend checking these opportunities out or finding other ways that you can donate your time helping out the city in which we live. Oh and don’t forget to rush Alpha Phi Omega next fall!