Nooreen Jahan

Vincentian Service Day

By Nooreen Jahan / May 18, 2019 / / Twitter / Facebook /
Vincentian Service Day is a DePaul staple that started in 1998 and takes place every year in May. Each year, over 1500 students, staff, and alumni participate in a day of volunteering and service. When signing up, you get to choose between over 30 different communities and organizations to volunteer for around the Chicagoland area. It’s an awesome way to make an impact on your community. This year was my first time taking part in Vincentian Service Day, and I had a great time! If it is your first year participating in it as well, I recommend doing it with friends because it makes it so much more fun being with people you know. 

My friends and I chose to volunteer with the DePaul Cities Project for their annual Superhero Run that raises money for Chicago Public School students. The Superhero Run​ is a 5k run that encourages people to dress up as superheroes. It was so cool to see tons of families and kids dressed up and getting involved in a great cause. We spent the day cheering on the runners and passing out water. At the end, all the runners and volunteers were given superhero medals and we headed back to the Quad for a huge picnic. I had so much fun and genuinely felt great about getting involved and making a difference in the community. I plan to continue participating in VSD and getting involved in community service, and I definitely recommend you all do it too!


Best Buddies

By Nooreen Jahan / March 19, 2019 / / Twitter / Facebook /
Best Buddies is a great organization that’s centered around inclusion and building relationships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I recently heard about this organization through a friend and attended a meeting from the DePaul chapter. It’s a really cool experience because you get to meet awesome people and learn about the community. Best Buddies focuses on promoting inclusivity and ending offensive language towards people with disabilities. Best Buddies allows people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to get paired up with a buddy. They’re also a non-profit and raise money for promoting awareness and inclusion.  

Best Buddies has lots of meetings and events every quarter where you can meet new people and get involved in a good cause. One of their biggest events is the annual Friendship Walk​ on April 14. The Friendship Walk is an awesome experience and an opportunity to support others in your community, and contribute to a great charity as well. 

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