On October 10, 2019, more than 400 Cardinal Stritch University students, staff, and faculty volunteered at 22 community partners as part of the annual Stritch Service Day.
Service Day provides an opportunity for the Stritch community to serve others in true Franciscan spirit, sharing its collective gifts, talents, and blessings with organizations in the greater Milwaukee community. This important event brings the students, staff, and faculty together to work where there is significant need while embracing and cultivating the diversity of all of God’s creation.
“Participating in Stritch Service Day is such an incredible experience,” said senior Lucy Hartnell. “Throughout my four years at Stritch, I have enjoyed seeing the Stritch community come together to create positive change in the greater Milwaukee area. I think that Stritch Service Day powerfully represents our Franciscan Values and helps all of us to build relationships with those we interact with.”
Once the service activities were completed, teams returned to campus to participate in the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table discussion. The conversations focused on how the community service brought the University’s Franciscan Value of “Reverencing All of Creation” to life. This is the third year Stritch has served as an On the Table host as one of the largest sites in southeastern Wisconsin.
“Stritch Service Day is a tradition that inspires us all to create a more caring community,” said Marilyn Jones, chair of the University’s Modern Languages and Cultures. “It is a day to reflect and to raise awareness about the ways in which we all can do a bit more to serve others. Deep in my heart, I know our work helped bridge barriers and strengthen our community in many ways. I am thankful for the opportunity to have been part of a full day devoted to service and reflection.”