Ten Saint Xavier University (SXU) students lived out their SXU Core Value of Service on Saturday, Feb. 13 through their volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House located at 4410 West 93rd Street, Oak Lawn. During their visit, the students baked cookies and other delicious treats for the families staying at the House while they remain close to their children who are receiving care at Advocate Children’s Hospital.
The students who dedicated their time over the February weekend were: Khalfani King, junior; Susy Macias, sophomore; Melissa Barron, junior; Genesis Garcia Fisher, sophomore; Guillan Algenio, junior; Kaylie DeLeon, freshman; Gianna O’Malley, junior; Pilar Cruz, junior; Maribel Valladares, junior; and Sandra Ruiz, junior.
The student volunteers belong to SXU’s Student Ambassador Program, a group comprised of freshman to seniors who give tours, run events and work with prospective students and their families. As a Student Ambassador, part of the requirement of the position is to volunteer each semester for at least five hours to help promote SXU’s Core Value of Service.
“The reason we have our Ambassadors do volunteer work is because we believe Service is not only at the core of our University, but it should also be at the core of our University’s organizations,” said Meghan Hill, training coordinator for the Student Ambassador Program. “We love that our Ambassadors show prospective students why SXU is best, but we love it even more when they show our community the value of Service is still alive and strong at SXU.”
Each semester, 10 – 15 Student Ambassadors travel to both the Ronald McDonald House and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to continue not only their program requirements, but to help pay-it-forward to members of the surrounding local communities.
“The reason I value volunteer work is because during college you are preparing yourself to one day find a job and participate in the community,” said Hill. “Your classes and educators can teach you how to be a great nurse, business person, speech pathologist or educator, but volunteering can teach you how to be a selfless, compassionate and accepting member of society.”
The Student Ambassadors hope to visit the Ronald McDonald House and the Greater Chicago Food Depository one more time each this semester. To view photos from their previous volunteer experiences, please visit the Student Ambassador Program’s Facebook page.