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Faculty, Staff and Students Give Back During Fontbonne Day

Fontbonne students Matt Tuggle (left) and Chris Moran spend time with a few new furry friends during the university's annual Fontbonne Day, April 30. The students spent the afternoon at the Open Door Animal Shelter in House Springs.

SAINT LOUIS – Fontbonne University hosted its third annual campus-wide community service effort, dubbed Fontbonne Day, Friday, April 30. Faculty, staff and students volunteered at 29 sites and organizations, joining together in a show of unity, service and commitment to Fontbonne’s mission.

“As a whole, the Fontbonne community really aspires to live out the university’s mission to serve a world in need,” said Sarah Boul, Fontbonne’s director of campus ministries. “Fontbonne Day gives us an opportunity to walk the walk.”

Fontbonne Day began in 2008 when over 300 Fontbonne faculty and staff members volunteered at sites throughout the St. Louis community. Like last year, students are now encouraged to participate as well.

Volunteer opportunities included the Animal Protective Association, Operation Food Search, Nurses for Newborns, and the Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club, among many others. The day began with a presentation on Subsidiary, a principle of Catholic social teaching, by Colleen Kelly and James Meinert, members of the Karen House Catholic worker community. Fontbonne Day organizers said around 270 individuals participated this year.

Learn more about Fontbonne's mission.