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St. Ambrose Students Volunteer Nearly 15,000 Hours in Seven Months

June 2009

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St. Ambrose University students put in thousands of hours of service to the community during the 2008-09 academic year.

“This level of service is a testament to the type of students here at St. Ambrose,” says Dean of Students Tim Phillips. “St. Ambrose is a community committed to ‘enriching lives’ through peace, service and social justice initiatives. By giving back to the greater community our students are truly living the university’s mission.”

The students’ volunteer service included a wide range of activities and projects, such as:

Ambrosians for Peace and Justice organized four service trips: ten students and staff worked in Cedar Rapids to help in the continuing clean-up efforts logging 225 service hours; 16 traveled to Appalachia working 900 hours in an alternative high school; seven traveled to Chicago spending 200 hours at a shelter and on a “Bread Truck,” distributing food to Chicago’s homeless population; seven went to East St. Louis providing 400 hours of service at a homeless shelter, distributing sandwiches and care packages.

Bee the Difference Day, a project helping campus neighbors with house- or yard-work, involved 200 Ambrosians providing 800 hours of service.

During Welcome Week’s “Urban Plunge,” 56 first-year students volunteered 224 hours of community service.
Forty Ambrosians volunteered in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program spending 1,087 hours with their “Littles” in a variety of activities on campus, and in schools and the community.

Nine students spent nearly 55 hours providing Confirmation Retreats for area junior high students.

More than 80 Ambrosians gave a total of 2,400 hours to raise awareness of worldwide hunger and gather canned goods and cash for a local food pantry during the Fast Fest.

SAU Habitat for Humanity logged more than 555 hours helping the local affiliate and volunteering during spring break in Winona, Minn.

SAU student-athlete volunteers performed nearly 6,000 hours of community service as part of their “cornerstone” experience in SAU varsity athletics.

Service Learning involved 43 students who completed more than 815 hours of service. Their projects ranged from mentoring elementary students to serving as a volunteer fire fighter.

SAU Up ’til Dawn raised nearly $20,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals while performing approximately 800 hours of volunteer service.

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