Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vincentian Service Day 2012

Vincentian Service Day (VSD) is an exciting annual opportunity for DePaul University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners to come together in the communities of Chicago for a day of service. The day is structured as an invitation for DePaul University to join the communities of Chicago so that we might strengthen our connection to one another and put our Vincentian mission of service and social justice into practice.

We were lucky enough to have 3 volunteers on that cold day help wash out the containers and prepare them for this year's rooftop tomato garden.

 Once clean, they filled the containers with lava rock to create the reservoir.

Finally, the volunteers put soil in the containers, all ready for seedlings when the weather warms up.

This year's VSD culminated in a citywide peace rally, bringing together 3,000 youth from across the city, including Chicago Public Schools' middle and high school students, who also participated in service. The Peace Rally included interactive activities, a resource fair, and a call to peaceful non-violent action in our city.

City-wide, over 1,597 participants contributed 4,791 hours of service.

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