Almost time for day of service

By Mikenna Barcelona, Staff Writer

Every semester, Newman University plans one service activity for the whole campus to participate in – students, faculty and staff. 

This year, the Newman community will be serving the Kansas Food Bank, which helps those living with food scarcity. Newman will be at the Food Bank on April 17. Members of the Newman community can sign up for different time slots to work, and staff members are encouraged to use their volunteer service hours for this event. Duties will include sorting or bagging produce, packing food or sorting donations. 

Melissa Castle, Newman’s employment specialist for human resources, says that the culture of service is a core value at Newman.

One significant service project moment Castle remembers from the past, she said, involved her and another staff member helping ASC sisters on campus with their technology, such as their phones. 

“It was nice to make that connection with them, and they were grateful and so excited to learn,” she said. “...I thought it was pretty cool making that connection with the sisters. Those little things can really make a difference.”

Fliers posted around campus with a QR code also include more information about volunteering and signing up for time slots.

Sister Therese Wetta said that serving others is important.

“Love gets expressed in service such as Jesus did at the Last Supper when he washed the feet of the opposites and asked them to do the same,” she said.

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