More than 500 Stritch students, faculty, staff and alumni set out to demonstrate a commitment to the Milwaukee community on Friday, April 29, for the inaugural Stritch Service Day. 


Classes were canceled for the day, and volunteers dispersed to nearly a dozen non-profit sites in the greater Milwaukee area. Service activities ranged from pulling invasive plant species at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center to caring for infants at St. Ann’s Intergenerational Care Center to working the garden at the Motherhouse with the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.



Each year, Stritch emphasizes one of the four Franciscan Values – creating a caring community, showing compassion, making peace, and reverencing all creation. The value woven through the 2015-16 academic year was reverencing all creation – a theme that was embraced during the planning and implementation of Stritch Service Day.



“We, at Stritch, have the privilege of living out the legacy of our founders – the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi,” said President James P. Loftus. “Service Day was a wonderful opportunity for our students to embrace this legacy and enact the values that we strive to uphold.”



Stritch Service Day was created by a collaborative planning team of students, faculty and staff. The proposal began as a team project in a communications class and quickly evolved into a university-wide initiative.



Senior Sarah Rose Werner, ’16, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to roll up her sleeves and volunteer her time.



“Stritch Service Day was dedicated to giving back to our community, and I am so happy we took the day to do this,” said Werner. “As a college student and student-athlete, I have little time to volunteer. This day gave me a great opportunity to get back to doing what I love…serving others.”



The University plans to make Stritch Service Day an annual event.



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