I participated as an advisor on a spring break Habitat for Humanity trip to Goldsboro, North Carolina. The 15 students who chose to spend their break helping build houses, sleeping on a community center floor and eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, earned my respect and admiration.
Last weekend, St. Lawrence University honored its student volunteers with a brunch and some entertainment, provided by the Singing Saints, and the Sinners. Students who have volunteered number in the hundreds. They’ve worked with Habitat, or as mentors to local public school kids, or on yard clean ups or farming and sustainability enterprises, or with any of the other projects that needed their help. It was a delight to see how committed these young people are and how much time and energy they are willing to give to make the world around them a better place.
Special kudos to interim administrator Anne Townsend who came out of retirement for the year to cover the vacant position. As always, she did an amazing job of making volunteering a joy for all.
Thanks to Anne and thanks to all the student volunteers. I’m proud to have worked with you.