One of Saint Mary’s central tenets is service to one’s communities, and students got a chance to exercise that mission at the “Make a Difference Day” event last weekend in Winona. During the event, which was hosted by Campus Ministry, 50 student volunteers went to 40 different houses throughout town to assist elderly people with yard work and basic tasks.
Student volunteers do yard work in Winona as part of Make a Difference Day.
Photo by Steven McGlaun
Sophomore Erika Stumo is one of the Volunteer Mentors who helped organize and lead the event. She spoke about how fulfilling the day was, saying, “My favorite part was seeing how thankful the residents were. They were happy that we were able to help.”
Stumo encourages other students to get involved in similar future events, even those who have never thought about doing something like Make a Difference Day. “It is a great way to give back, meet new people, and spend time with friends,” she said. “It is something you can feel good about afterward.”
Students who are interested in volunteer work are encouraged to talk to Steven McGlaun of Campus Ministry (email@example.com) or to any of the service-oriented clubs here on campus.