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More than 100 turn out for Service Day


LU Wolf spends some quality time with students at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, where Loyola faculty and staff volunteered for Ignatian Service Day.

In honor of the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, more than 100 Loyola faculty and staff from across several departments volunteered at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels on Friday, July 25.

• See photographs from this year’s volunteer efforts on our Flickr site.
• Learn more about Loyola’s Ignatian Service Day.

They painted fences, swept streets, weeded gardens, and hosted a carnival and picnic that brought smiles to the faces of more than 200 children in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. In addition to the service day, faculty and staff also collected school supplies for the children enrolled in the mission’s after-school program.

The University also donated 12 computers to the Kelly Hall YMCA, which works with the mission, said Chris Murphy, director of staff mission formation and the faculty/staff chaplain at Loyola.

On Tuesday, July 22, nearly two dozen Loyola employees volunteered at Misericordia, a 31-acre campus and community on the North Side of Chicago that helps people with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. Volunteers worked in the bakery, the greenhouse, the art room, and several other places around the campus. 

Loyola faculty and staff have volunteered at Misericordia for three years, but this was the first visit for new University employee Lauren Krause.

“It was really rewarding to spend time with the residents and see the effect that Misericordia has on them,” said Krause, who graduated from Loyola in 2010 and started working earlier this year as a communications specialist in University Marketing and Communication. “They obviously benefit from their time there.”