Image courtesy of Molly McMullen From left to right: Molly McMullen, Krystal Szerszen, Theressa Eckhart, Cecilia Rodriguez, Kelly Bauman. Members of Sigma Kappa Tau participate in the Day of Service. The packaged 203 boxes of food at the new CEO food bank facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Image courtesy of Molly McMullen
From left to right: Molly McMullen, Krystal Szerszen, Theressa Eckhart, Cecilia Rodriguez, Kelly Bauman. Members of Sigma Kappa Tau participate in the Day of Service. The packaged 203 boxes of food at the new CEO food bank facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Community service is an important cornerstone in the ideals of King’s College, and the college community participates in many events throughout the year to serve others. One such event is the Holy Cross Day of Service.

This year’s Day of Service was on April 24, 2015. The event, which was coordinated by both the Shoval Center and Campus Ministry, provided volunteers with the opportunity to pitch in and perform volunteer work at four downtown locations.

Sean Moran, a senior, said the Day of Service was great because it allowed the King’s community to give back to the surrounding community.

“I’m participating because it’s a great event that benefits the community,” Moran said. “The King’s community can take part in the city itself.”

Another senior student volunteer, Daniel Dormann, spoke on his involvement as well.

“I’m a member of the Knights of Columbus,” Dormann said. “Part of the group’s obligation is to engage in service-related projects, and this is one of them. We aim to do at least one of these projects per semester. Secondly, for me personally, I wanted to help out. It’s to commit to something small that contributes to something larger.”

Those that were participating in the event congregated in the chapel, where they would then be divided into groups and sent to the four different locations. To introduce the event, Bill Bolan of the Shoval Center spoke briefly on the event and its significance.

“The idea is that the Holy Cross is about education and being of service to others,” Bolan said. “We are not simply going out to do work, but rather to deepen our connection with ourselves and commitment to service.”

Timothy Mike, a senior, then spoke to the group and shared a little bit of his personal connection to the idea of service.

“Service was not the most important thing to me at the time,” Mike said. “But this changed once I began volunteering at an afterschool program that catered to children of lower-income families.”

Mike went on to explain that he “gained zeal” from this experience, and that he developed a passion for service to others from that point on.

Mike closed his talk by saying, “May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world.”

Following this, Fr. Thomas Looney offered a blessing to the group. Bill Bolan then went on to split up the volunteers into various groups that would be sent out to the four sites. Two of the sites were located near the river, the third was located in Public Square and the fourth was located at the Kid’s Café.