Mount St. Joseph University employees spent a day pulling weeds, painting and helping some local residents select groceries. The Mount, whose mission incorporates service learning into students’ education, took part in an annual Employee Service Day on May 13.
Employee service day projects take Mount employees to various parts of town where they perform tasks for a non-profit group, including Be Concerned, Inc. (working in the food pantry and helping customers); Bethany House (doing yard work, painting, cleaning and other improvements); St. Vincent De Paul (stocking the store for winter-summer transition); and the Western Wildlife Corridor (removing invasive plants and repairing the existing hiking trails). Some volunteers took on painting projects as well.
“Embracing service to others is a core aspect of the Mount’s mission and a major influencer on our traditions,” said Warren Grove, one of the Mount’s organizers of the employee service day. “We are proud to keep this tradition alive at the Mount. Our employees enjoy the opportunity to give back to the community as well, since it’s something we ask of our students.”
Grove and the other event organizers team up volunteers by interest as well as those who might not regularly work together.
“Everyone has a great time,” said Grove. “We change it up so people get a chance to work with others from different departments. Coaches will be there cutting weeds or stacking clothes with professors or someone in student services. We look forward to it every year.”