On January 24th, a group of USC students participating in the USC Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service came to SLP to donate 3 hours of their time helping us around campus; we had plenty for them to do!
Throughout the morning, despite the damp, cool weather, 10 student volunteers cheerfully pulled weeds from both of our playgrounds, cleaned our laundry room, organized our warehouse, picked up trash from around the campus and sanitized the toys in the children’s building.
While taking a break to get warm, the students were curious about life at SLP so we all gathered in the computer lab where I told them stories about our clients’ successes and hardships. Here are a few quotes from the volunteers:
“It’s amazing that there is a program like this that exists that makes such a huge impact on these people’s lives that can help them in changing their future.” –Elyse Bodenheimer
“Programs like this are so uncommon, I’m thankful to have been a part of it, even for just a day.” –Anna-Marie Gooch
“It was a rewarding experience for both the mind and soul.” –Haitham Niazi
I think it’s safe to say that we all learned a lot that day. It was great spending a Saturday morning with students dedicated to serving others. On behalf of the St. Lawrence Place family, I’d like to thank USC and all of the students that participated: Hollis Burnett, Anna-Marie Gooch, Hannah Vickman, Danielle Turnipseed, Elyse Bodenheimer, Haitham Niazi, Tori Sharpe, Austin Hulings, Megan Galloway and Nic Poupore.