What does it mean to “be more?”
At Fontbonne, it means faculty who engage students to think beyond themselves. To think of their role in the world and how they can improve it. It means looking at community service as an integral part of the college experience — and beyond. And it means students and alumni shaped by a set of values that provides a life-long touchstone.
A Commitment to Service
During her time as an undergraduate student at Fontbonne University, Claire Gunn ’16 noticed a need on campus. Fontbonne has always been committed to service and social justice, but students were asking for more — they wanted access to regular service opportunities on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. So she took action and developed a leadership group called the Service and Justice Coordinators, or SJCs. The group kicked off its first year in the fall of 2016.
“The SJCs are a group of student leaders who brainstorm, plan, and carry out service and justice opportunities throughout the school year,” said Gunn, who is now a graduate student and a service and community engagement graduate assistant in the office of service, diversity and social justice. “They lead local service opportunities like Service Saturday, plan our national trip to Bethlehem Farm, help with campus-wide events like Fontbonne for Families and Fontbonne Day, and create a community through service.”
Anyone on campus can participate in the many service opportunities the coordinators organize. And if students have a real passion for serving, they can apply to become part of the SJC team in the spring.
“Service is crucial to Fontbonne’s mission because it builds community within the university and also helps us to realize that we play a larger role in the world,” Gunn said. “We can all grow from stepping outside of our comfort zones and creating community with others through serving and fighting for those who face injustices. Serving in solidarity with others means that students can form a meaningful community with one another and that can be a supportive group of people long after a service experience happens.”
- Workday STL: Every second Saturday of the month, gather with NewCity Fellowship and Restore STL to do yard work, simple house repair, or be in community with church members in need. Contact: email@example.com
- Service Saturday: One Saturday a month, work with a different STL organization, including North Grand Neighborhood Services and Restore STL.
- Good Samaritan After School Program: On the first and last Monday afternoons of the month, help the youth of East St. Louis with homework and be there as a friend and mentor after school. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Individual service/volunteer opportunities
- Bethlehem Farm (each May): Spend a week in a West Virginia Appalachian community living in simplicity and serving the community through various projects. The week includes lessons in simplistic living, prayer, service and community.
- Spring Break Service Trip: Two opportunities will be offered for Spring Break this year, one in St. Louis and one in a national location. Information will be released before the end of the semester.
- Fontbonne for Families: Adopt a family for the Christmas season (this year’s deadline is Nov. 14). Contact: email@example.com
- Fontbonne Day (April 7): Sign up for a school-wide day of service with more than 20 community organizations.
Be More at Fontbonne
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