4th Annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2:33 PM PST
This spring, Magis and the Seattle University Alumni Association are joining Jesuit universities and colleges across the U.S. to engage graduates in shared service for the 4th annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 25th. Along with other Jesuit-educated alumni, this is a fantastic opportunity to engage your friends and family in supporting the community, as well as demonstrating the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. Be sure to save the date!
As you may already know from your time as a student, being out in our neighborhoods with fellow community members puts us in touch with the complex realities of families living in the Seattle area. The partner organizations we work with not only provide much needed charitable resources, but many work for long term systemic change with some of our society’s most pressing issues. Within this kind of direct service partnership, we seek to grow more self-aware, deepen our compassion, engage our critical thinking, and hopefully be called into action. Here is what one alum who served at the FoodBank at St. Mary’s last year had to say:
“It was really touching to see the amount of people in the community that St. Mary's serves. It is sad that there is so much need, but the dignity with which these people were received as customers to the food bank and the emphasis on food quality provided to them was very moving.”
As Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) once said: “When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.”
Currently, we are seeking volunteers to locate and lead National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service services sites in the Seattle area and around the country. If you or your alumni chapter are interested in leading a service opportunity in your area, please visit the Day of Service web page for guidelines and a link to a brief survey to complete regarding your service site. You may also contact Maria Ochoa at Magis for more information. Registration for participants at service sites will be in March.
We hope you’ll join us!