Community Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities
JFRC Students Serving Rome’s Homeless and Sick Children
At least 55 students came out to the first Friday night meal distribution of the semester on February 7 where JFRC joined forces with Noi per Roma and Opera Divin Redentore to serve meals and sandwiches to Rome’s homeless at Ostiense train station and Piazza San Pietro. Students will continue these panini distributions throughout the semester on the following Fridays: February 28, March 21, March 28 and April 11.
Another service opportunity has blossomed with the Ronald McDonald Foundation House here in Rome this spring. Along with Associate Dean of Students, Cindy Bomben, students visit Casa Ronald- Palidoro Tuesday afternoons serving as volunteers and spending time with terminally ill children and their families creating crafts for Valentine’s Day and Carnevale.
LUC Sophomores Amy Fantozzi, Elizabeth Mc Quillan, and other students of their sorority brought the idea about connecting with Casa Ronald to Cindy early on in the semester. The JFRC intends to continue service collaboration on a more regular basis.
Tania Velazquez, LUC junior, took away so much from just one service visit: “I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity of sharing some moments of joy with the families of Casa Ronald… I was glad to incite happiness in the lives of these children with our creation of Carnival masks. It truly was a lovely experience, being able to bring smiles to their faces.”
Aiutando ad aiutare, a helping spirit, is what also defines JFRC student experiences.