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!