Campus-Wide Day of Service Highlights Charter Week Celebration

Holy Family University’s Charter Week celebration culminates in a campus-wide Day of Service on Friday, February 17. Staff, faculty, and students have the opportunity to visit locations such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Feast of Justice, among other trips.

“The University Day of Service is one of my favorite events during Charter Week, as it really emphasizes what being a part of the Holy Family community is all about,” said Mike McNulty-Bobholz, Assistant Vice President of Student Life. “Every year these great locations open their doors to Holy Family and welcome us in. It’s a great feeling to see everyone working together to achieve one goal, and that is to make a difference.”

Interested participants can sign up for trips with remaining spots by clicking here.

Aid for Friends
On campus | 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

This service project will be done on campus. Participants will work together to prepare meals for senior citizen and shut-ins, which will be distributed through the Aid for Friends program. The food was generously donated by Parkhurst Dining Services.

Blessed Sarnelli Community Revamp
Kensington, PA | 8:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Members of the Maintenance and IT department will travel to Blessed Sarnelli Community, an organization dedicated to providing for the needs of people who are poor and abandoned with an emphasis on empowering young adults to share in this commitment through prayer, hospitality and service. While there, they will provide general maintenance and enhancement services, including painting the service area, electrical and wiring work, and spackling. Southampton Cleaning will provide a full interior deep cleaning and Sherman Williams will donate paint and other supplies needed to complete the job.

“This project came about from Ralph Carp, Director of Campus Operations, who already donates his time helping Blessed Sarnelli Community,” said Joe Glasson, Manager of Maintenance and Operations. “It’ll be nice for our group to get down there and use our hands to make a difference for those who use the services. Blessed Sarnelli Community has a great mission, and we’re glad to be involved with them during the University’s day of service.”

Cakes for Kids
Ed Connections | Philadelphia, PA

Faculty, staff, and students of the School of Education will participate in a Cakes for Kids project. All cakes made that day will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry for distribution. The group supplies cakes for children, and sometimes adults, who may be celebrating their birthdays or other special events without family support. Cakes are made and decorated by students as well as by members of the faculty and staff.

“Cakes for Kids offers a service to the community by brightening the life of the child and family receiving the cake,” said Dr. Helen Hoffner, Professor and Reading Specialist Program for the School of Education. “The organization also benefits Holy Family University students by giving them the opportunity to serve and to develop baking and decorating skills to share with their own families. Holy Family University students, faculty, and staff enjoy participating in Cakes for Kids because they can learn basic cake decorating techniques and have the satisfaction of knowing that they brightened the life of a child.”

Canned Food Drive
On campus | ongoing throughout week

In a joint effort with the Student Government Junior Class, the School of Business Administration and the Business Society, Holy Family University will be collecting various can goods throughout the week and will deliver to local food bank. Donations can also be made at the Bensalem location.

Feast of Justice
Philadelphia, PA | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Individuals will help with weekly food distribution to those in need. Transportation will be provided from the Northeast campus. All participants must bring their own lunch and arrive by 7:30 am to complete paperwork and take the van to site.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Langhorne, PA | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Participants will help stock shelves, move furniture, and assist the Habitat for Humanity ReStore team during their morning shift. Transportation will be provided from Northeast campus. Participants must arrive at 9:15 am to complete paperwork and take the van to site.

Visiting the CSFN Sisters
Philadelphia, PA | 2 pm - 4 pm

Interested participants will travel to Mount Nazareth Retirement Home to distribute a rose to the Sisters as a token of appreciation for their years of service and dedication to Holy Family University. Transportation will be provided from the Northeast campus.