In honor of MLK Jr., National Day of Service, the Academy of Notre Dame celebrates the consistent commitment to serving those in need by members of the ND community.
Twice a month, students, faculty, and staff drive into Philadelphia to volunteer at St. Francis Inn Ministries located in the Kensington neighborhood of the city.
The Inn opened in 1979 and serves over 350 meals a day with dignity and respect, meaning they are served restaurant-style so guests aren't walking through a traditional line to get their food.
"Their ministry is more than just serving dinner, it's a chance for folks to be reminded of their dignity. All the guests are greeted with a smile and the chance to sit down and chat with people around them," said Director of Campus Ministry Mrs. Julia Tully.
Mrs. Tully coordinates the service trip giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to participate throughout the year.
"Volunteering at the St. Francis Inn has changed my perspective to have more gratitude for everyday life things like food, water, and shelter that are easily taken for granted," said Talia Scarpa '24.
From 4:30 - 6 pm, ND volunteers spend their time cooking, serving, and cleaning dishes.
"I am always so proud of our girls for the way they treat every guest with warmth, and they push themselves out of their comfort zones to be fully present to people on the margins of our society. Our time there is really an example of living our call to proclaim the Gospel by our lives!" said Tully.
Those interested in volunteering can email Mrs. Tully for the signup sheet.