Vincentian Service Day at DePaul

Emily HarrisĀ | MAY 8, 2017

Vincentian Service Day is an annual event at DePaul where hundreds of students wake up bright and early the first Saturday of May for a day of service. Vincentian values are a vital part of the DePaul community, and service plays a big role in many student’s lives. On this day students go to various organizations throughout the city of Chicago to give back.

The day starts with a send off where students heard from Father H (the current president of DePaul), listened to Sounds of Harmony (an a capella group), and also got to learn more about the Vincentian legacy from St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac (pictured above).

Delaney Morrison (class of 2019) spent her day leading the group at Enlace. Enlace is in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and aims to make a positive difference in the lives of the residents in that community. They focus primarily on economic development for the community, education, and social justice. Delaney and her group helped Enlace by gardening in their community garden.

Photos from their day of gardening are shown above!

Emily Harris (class of 2017) also took part in Vincentian Service Day. The photos above show the work that occurred at the garden of the Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation. They prepared the plot of land for summer by pulling weeds and turning soil. Soon, vegetables, fruits, and herbs will begin growing in this garden and community members will be able to come and get fresh food. Bickerdike provides the food that grow there to residents that live in the neighborhood, and also provides a source of community for the people who live nearby and assist in taking care of the space.

No matter where students went for Vincentian Service Day their work made an impact in various communities. The Vincentian Mission has been around for 400 years, and we are proud that DePaul students continue to live the legacy.