This past weekend I participated in Vincentian Service Day with other members from SGA. Vincentian Service Day (VSD) is a day of service at DePaul where thousands of students from numerous DePaul communities give their time to volunteer at hundreds of sites around the city of Chicago. These service at these sites can range from gardening, to picking up trash, to organizing, to working with kids, and more! The day starts with everyone being in the same room to meet with their team and reflect before going out to their sites. This year, a student at DePaul had the opportunity to speak about her Vincentian journey, and it completely blew me away.
I always find it so amazing to be surrounded by such wonderful people in my DePaul community who are constantly working for change. SGA members and I did our service at Irish American Heritage Center where we cleaned up trash in the yard and stuck in bushes. We also organized their beautiful library. While the tasks we did did not seem like much, those in charge were so happy and appreciative. We had the chance to get to know a few workers at the Irish American Heritage Center, which helped us all practice our sense of Vincentian personalism and taking the chance to get to know those you are interacting with better.
I am so appreciative to belong to a university where we make service the community a necessity. I also love how VSD serves as a stepping stone for people at DePaul to get more involved with organizations doing good in our community. By volunteering time to a site once, people of the DePaul community are able to make relationships with people at organizations they visit and more inclined to return, which is what VSD is all about.