It’s finally that time of year. The weather is starting to get colder and you start seeing Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations popping up on your daily route. Everyone is anxiously excited for Thanksgiving break, Christmas, winter break, and the start of the New Year. Life gets hectic during the holiday season, and it can be easy to look past or even forget about what is truly important.
Fontbonne was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the sisters’ main goal was to help a world in need by serving the “dear neighbor without distinction.” Below are some ways to get involved before Thanksgiving break, both here at Fontbonne and out in the local St. Louis community.
Around Fontbonne . . .
November through December 1
Fontbonne for Families Gift Drive
Put together a group or team for the Service and Justice Coordinators’ Fontbonne for Families Gift Drive. This year, students from Fontbonne will join together to provide presents for families from People Coming Home Ministries, which helps families across St. Louis receive basic necessities. If you and a group of friends, teammates, or faculty members are interested, please contact Claire Gunn for more information.
Gulu, Uganda Presentation
Attend a presentation and information session on Thursday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Lewis Room to learn more about both the recent and upcoming service immersion trip to Gulu, Uganda. If you are unable to attend the meeting, contact Dr. Corinne Wohlford to learn more about the trip.
Campus Ministry World Food Day
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
John Burroughs High School (bus will leave from Fontbonne at 2:30 p.m.)
Join a group of Fontbonne students and hundreds of other St. Louis students in packaging meals. World Food Day is a major provider for both national and international poverty-stricken families, providing over 400,000 meals for families after each event. Sign up here. Note: All the spots for World Food Day are currently filled, but you can still sign up to be on the waiting list in case of any cancellations.
Students for Life visit to St. Agnes Home
St. Agnes Home is an assisted living facility in Kirkwood, just minutes away from Fontbonne. Tag along with a group of Fontbonne students and participate in various activities with the elderly. Contact Brittany Hanewinkel for more information.
Information Session on Immersion Trips
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
AMC – Medaille Hall
Looking for a deeper service experience? Attend a brief information session on November 13 to learn more about the immersion trips Fontbonne offers in 2018. Go on a Spring Break (March 5–10) trip to Jackson, Kentucky, or travel to Talcott, West Virginia, to Bethlehem Farms May 13–19.
Around St. Louis . . .
If you can’t make any of the on-campus events, sign up for a time that fits your schedule at one of the locations below.
St. Patrick’s Center
St. Patrick’s Center is currently offering a variety of events to get involved in this holiday season. You can opt for the traditional food service or work special events (like the Veteran’s Day 5K or the Christmas Wishes program). There’s something for everyone to do at St. Patrick’s Center. And they are always looking for help. Learn more about a specific event or activity and sign up to volunteer here.
Karen House is a Catholic Worker House in North St. Louis that offers housing, food, clothing, and other basic necessities to those in need in the local community. Karen House is always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of different tasks, like cleaning the house, tutoring, or managing the house daily. If you cannot find a time to serve, they also accept simple donations. Learn about the history of the house and more about volunteering here.
St. Louis Foodbank
In 2016, the St. Louis Area Food Bank packaged 5.6 million pounds of food to serve local families and seniors that are dependent upon food donations. STL Foodbank is always looking for volunteers in their warehouse, sorting and packing donated food. Sign up for a shift from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday here.