ST. LOUIS – Fontbonne University held the fifth annual Fontbonne Day, a campus-wide day of community service, Friday, April 27. On Fontbonne Day, the entire university closes so that all faculty and staff, as well as students, alumni and others can go into the community to volunteer at various local nonprofit organizations.
“Fontbonne’s entire campus is very connected to the university’s mission to serve a world in need,” said Dr. Dennis Golden, Fontbonne University president. “We carry out this mission as a community on Fontbonne Day, and really throughout the year, which unites us and allows us to put our words into action.”
Fontbonne Day was established four years ago and includes a guest speaker to begin the day and an end-of-day reflection period. This year’s guest was Rev. Arthur J. Cavitt, Executive Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center. Students are encouraged to participate, as well as other members of the Fontbonne community, including alumni, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet – the university’s founders and sponsors - and members of the board of trustees and the university’s council of regents.
This year, members of the Fontbonne family served at more than 20 volunteer sites. Opportunities varied from facilitating activities with the children at St. Louis Crisis Nursery, to one-on-one visits with residents at Manor Grove Long-Term Nursing Care to clearing a lot for a children’s playground with the North Grand Neighborhood Services-Solomon Project.
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs, as well as accelerated formats for busy adults. Fontbonne was founded in 1923 and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.