University of Mary Day of Service has grown to become the largest one-day volunteer event in the entire state of North Dakota. 1,000 students, faculty, staff, and some Benedictine sisters came out on October 11th to serve the Bismarck community. Day of Service began three years ago as a way “to not just serve one day, but rather to be a kickoff to a year and a lifetime of service and build connections with organizations that are in need of volunteers throughout the year.”
Volunteers spent the day shoveling debris, installing fence at a national park, cleaning up the zoo, wrapping tress to protect from winter critters, cleaning ditches through the city, preparing meals for those underserved, and many other services. The university community places tremendous value on “becoming servant leaders of moral courage, providing a culture grounded in service, [and] fostering a great capacity to pour themselves out in loving service to others.” The Day of Service is putting into action the university’s mission of serving those in need.
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