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Saint Meinrad Day of Service History
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The Alumni Association Board of Directors, in collaboration with the Alumni Office, started the Saint Meinrad Day of Service in 2014 in an effort to develop more creative ways for alumni to live out the mission of Saint Meinrad in their communities with their fellow classmates and friends. Overall, Saint Meinrad alumni have given over 1500 hours of community service to their local areas through this program and we prepared and served thousands of meals as well as aided in the completion of numerous important projects. 

 

Below is a year by year recap of the programs. 


2014

The first Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on March 12, 2014 in Evansville, IN. A total of 20 volunteers came together, prayed morning prayer, then did some general clean up around St. Benedict's Cathedral and a community park. The day ended in mass by the Bishop of Evansville and an alumnus of Saint Meinrad, Bishop Charles Thompson. 


Dr. Darren Sroufe T'91 was the site coordinator for the project. 


2015

The second annual Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on March 14, 2015 in five locations: St. Meinrad, IN; Evansville, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; and Wilmington, DE. About 130 total volunteers participated and 52 of those participants were alumni. 

 

Photos of the 2015 Saint Meinrad Day of Service can be found here


Location Project Description Site Leader
St. Meinrad, IN Cutting and delivering firewood, a project of the CACD Project Warm on the Saint Meinrad campus
Seminarians of Saint Meinrad
Evansville, IN  Cleaning and painting at St. Benedict's Cathedral Dr. Darren Sroufe
Indianapolis, IN Painting a classroom, assembling equipment and building shelves to assist Hearts and Hands of Indiana Mr. Bill McGuire 
Louisville, KY Preparing and serving lunch at St. Vincent de Paul's Open Hands Kitchen Mr. Tom Norris
Wilmington, DE Planting flowers for a project by St. Elizabeth's School Staff of St. Elizabeth School

 

2016

The third annual Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on Saturday March 12, 2016 in eight locations: Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Evansville, IN; Kankakee, IL; Bowling Green, KY; Cleveland, OH; New Albany, IN; and St. Meinrad, IN. One project was held on Saturday, February 27, in San Juan, CA. 

  

Projects varied in scope from serving meals at soup kitchens to sprucing up church buildings. Other projects included cleaning up yards of abandoned homes and repair work at a summer camp. Over 100 volunteers took part in the Saint Meinrad Day of Service totaling over 700 hours of service to local communities. 

 

More photos from the 2016 Saint Meinrad Day of Service are available online here

 

Location Project Description Site Leader
St. Meinrad, IN Cutting and delivering firewood, a project of the CACD Project Warm on the Saint Meinrad campus
Seminarians of Saint Meinrad
Evansville, IN Cleaning and painting at St. Benedict's Cathedral Dr. Darren Sroufe
Indianapolis, IN

Removed brush, debris, and other refuse at a property

owned by Hearts and Hands of Indiana so

that they could start renovating the home

Mr. Bill McGuire

New Albany, IN

Cleaned/organized the building of Hope Southern

Indiana and prepared and served lunch at St. Mark's

Soup Kitchen

Mr. Greg Ernstberger 
Louisville, KY

Preparing and serving lunch at St. Vincent de

Paul's Open Hands Kitchen

Mr. Tom Norris

Bowling Green,KY

Yard work, building repair at Gasper River Youth Retreat Center Fr. Mike Williams 
Cleveland, OH Prepared and served breakfast at the Westside Catholic Center Dr. Lanny Hollis
San Juan, CA Cleaned, yard work at the Mission San Juan Capistrano Mr. Mark Spratt

 

2017

The fourth annual Saint Meinrad Day of Service was held on Saturday March 11, 2017 in nine locations: Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Evansville, IN; Cleveland, OH; New Albany, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Dayton, OH; Toledo, OH; and Fort Wayne, IN. 

  

Volunteers prepared food, served meals to the homeless, painted, packed kits for refugees, assembled furniture, cleaned and did laundry at a women’s shelter, prepared an abandoned home to be remodeled, put siding on a home for Habitat for Humanity, and distributed food to the needy at food banks.  

 

More photos from the 2017 Saint Meinrad Day of Service are available online here.

 

Site Site Description Site Leader
Cleveland, OH Prepared and served breakfast at the Westside Catholic Center Dr. Lanny Hollis
Dayton, OH Washed, dried, and folded laundry, prepared dorms and helped in organizing the clothing room at St. Vincet de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families Ms. Candee Mackell
Evansville, IN Worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Evansville, IN, painted at the WNIN Studios, and cleaned St. Bededict Cathedral Dr. Darren Sroufe
Fort Wayne, IN Cleaned the Church and church grounds at Our Lady of Good Hope Mr. Martin Stout
Indianapolis, IN Helped clients shop, load their cars, restock shelves, sort food items, and assist in the shopping line at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank Mrs. Ann Tully
Indianapolis, IN Helped to demolish the inside of an abondoned home to prepare it for remodel for Hearts and Hands of Indiana Mr. Bill McGuire
Los Angeles, CA Sorted and distributed food at the Los Angeles Food Bank Mr. Mark Spratt
Louisville, KY Prepared meal and served lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Helping Hands Kitchen Mr. Tom Norris
Louisville, KY Organized donations at the Catholic Charities Distribution Center for Migrants and Refugees Ms. Saundra Duffee
New Albany, IN Cleaned Hope Southern Indiana, prepared and served a meal at St. Mark's Soup Kitchen, put outdoor siding on a home for Habitat for Humanity Mr. Greg Ernstberger
Toledo, OH Organized, cleaned, and installed shelving at the Catholic Charities St. Louis Helping Hands Kitchen Mr. Tim Carroll


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