More than 580 volunteers – including students, faculty, staff and alumni – spread out across the city on Saturday, Jan. 26 for the bi-annual Continuing the Heritage day of service.
Each spring and fall semester, Continuing the Heritage brings together the University community to give a day of service for various community projects, including graffiti abatement, yardwork, packaging and delivering food and clothing for the poor, and working with children. This year, 586 volunteers gave 2,534 hours of service at 21 sites in the local area.
Since the event started in 1998, thousands of volunteers have given more than 30,000 hours to organizations that provide much-needed services throughout the local area.
St. Mary’s University repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education. St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist university with a tradition of academic excellence.