Food for the Hungry
Delivered "left over food" from Forest Hills Foods to God's Kitchen in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 27, 2011. -Roger Durham, AQ Professor
Salvatorian Mission Warehouse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmXRMOruFtI We volunteered at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse. We sorted through "cut-offs" (excess fabrics that Lands' End donated to the Warehouse), and packed them into boxes that will be shipped to Third World Countries. The recipients will use the "cut-offs" to make clothing and blankets. Sr. Monica/Kara ...Read More
St. Ann's Nursing Home
Whenever I am at St. Ann's, an assisted living and skilled nursing facility, I assist the staff by pushing wheelchair patients to events, Mass or meals within the facility, assisted with sponsoring "Sunday Brunch" after Mass for patients in the nursing facilty, and provided services by presenting periodic travelogues and shows for the residents at St. ANN' ...Read More
SowHope: Run to raise money
Since January I've been volunteering for SowHope, an organization that targets women in the world who make less than $2 a day. The passion and the drive of the volunteers at SowHope and the bravery and strength of women who live in impoverished nations have inspired me to reach out in my own community as well. Their lack of common necessities has made me realize just ...Read More
Individual act of service
In my position at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, we are involved with countless great programs and projects. It is what we do! Funding and leadership! However, it is often the small acts of kindness and service that also make a difference if for but a moment in time. Last winter, I was driving home from the office through Grand Rapids on a particularly sn ...Read More

Donated time to a child who was considered lost and disabled who had to be taken back to his parents back to their home. Performed first aid to a child who almost drowned after the long rains, thus saving a life. (Diviniah Moraa, Friend of Aquinas)
School
I purchased 15 tickets for a talk by a 9/11 Pentagon attack survivor and donated them to college students who were veterans of the armed services. (Gary Eberle, Faculty)
Coaching Soccer
I volunteered to co-coach a 7th/8th grade boys' soccer team. It's been a great experience teaching new players skills and further developing the talents of other players. I look forward to a great season where the boys will become not only better players but better people. --Eric Bridge '92, Aquinas Service-Learning
Helping Hands
Sister Alice, Ellen, Joanie and I passed out doughnuts and coffee to the new students moving into the residence halls on move in day. It was so wonderful to be the greeting committee and see all the new faces. It will be a wonderful year and we were glad to be part of the first year students' very first day at AQ! -Brigid Avery, '01 Director of Alumni Relations
Community Organization
I organized an activity with four people to decorate 200 paper bags, which Kids' Food Basket uses to fill with food and distribute to elementary school students who live in poverty in Kent County. This fine organization is operated on private funds only and delivers over 4,500 "sack suppers" DAILY. This is their bag decorating week, so I purchased 200 bags ...Read More
Service Trip
13 Members of the Aquinas community volunteered with Lake County Habitat for Humanity on September 10, 2011. The group tiled a bathroom floor, completed trim, painted, mowed lawns, installed security equipment and erected fencing. New friendships were made through serving together!
Service Trip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOij58ar1tQ My first experience in the Dominican Republic was a few years ago through an Aquinas College Service-Learning trip. I was so impacted by my experiences that I decided to go back for an extended time over my summer break. I spent three weeks working with FUMSIL working in impoverished communities on the boarder of the Domi ...Read More
Community Organization
In honor of Aquinas College's 125th Anniversary, the Insignis Program picked 900 apples to donate to Kids' Food Basket in Grand Rapids, Michigan. About 30 Aquinas Insignis students helped pick apples at Schwallier's Country Basket in Sparta. Kids' Food Basket provides approximately 5,000 sack suppers for children every day.
facilitated the beginning of a faith foormation program
I had an idea for a faith formation program and brought it to the leadership. I will continue to facilitate the discussion in order to move the program along. --Sr. Barbara Dannhausen O.P.
Service Trip
I spent three weeks this past summer working alongside Dr. Angel Valdez assisting in mobile medical clinics in the poorest villages in the mountains bordering Haiti. I also served as caregiver for four malnourished children who lived in our house with us. My fellow volunteers and I helped to nurse these children back to health and take care of their every need. I plan ...Read More
Pray and support a depressed woman, listening and helping to encourage her to feel peace in her heart praying together, and finding the purpose of her life.
I discovered that I am able to give something to help others, sharing my time and my capacities and walk together in Jesus' way and feel the joy to live the gospel in our lives.There are a lot of needs in my community, I am working to serve my brothers and sisters to find God's love in their lives. --Olga Hirata Vaquera, Friend of Aquinas
Community Organization
I decided that I am very impressed with the work done by volunteers and administrators who work on behalf of the Kids Food Basket. I can't think of a better way to spend my time on doing something on their behalf. My project of service consisted of decorating 50 lunch bags for the kids who go home each day after school with their supper in one of these colorful bags ...Read More
Community Organization
13 Aquinas students and student affairs staff went to Habitat for Humanity and painted as part of a "Day on the Job" with student affairs professionals. While we were there we met an Aquinas student and a parent of an Aquinas volleyball player who were two of the three habitat workers that were present. -Brian Matzke, Dean of Student Services Class of 1997
taking an invalid to the Doctor
I learned that I can serve my sister with love following Jesus' example. I met people who need someone to hear their problems. --Ma. Elena Ortiz Gonzalez, Friend of Aquinas
Praying for people
I have physical restrictions. I prayed for my brothers and sisters. It is the only thing I can do, but it is very worthy because God loves and hear our prayers. --Celina Perez, Friend of Aquinas
Service Trip
Through SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) I was able to travel to Japan and help with the Tsunami Relief effort. What was so unique was that instead of just donating money, I actually traveled to the area in need and worked to improve the conditions. I love Japan, and being able to help the Japanese people was amazing. It opened my eyes to how much potential I have a ...Read More
Service Trip
We installed arsenic abatement filters in a mountain community in Nicaragua where the average life span is 44 due to the presence of substantial levels of arsenic in the region's drinking water. -Harry Knopke Ph.D. Past President of Aquinas College
Community Organization
I have served as a Board member for the Women's Resource Center (WRC)for 13 years. The WRC operates a Thrift Shop to financially support operations, and to provide a needed service to the community. I volunteered for several hours last week and performed a variety of tasks including working the cash register, minor maintenance, and organizing donated goods for resale. ...Read More
Nursing Home
Family organized fundraiser
My Act of Aquinas involved my fundraising with my family for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It was unique because it's an original idea that wasn't a normal act of charity. I am a cancer survivor and I thought that the best way to make money to help with cancer research would be to get others involved. It made me more aware of how much people are willing to help y ...Read More
Community Organization
I am currently a missionary for the Community of Saint John in Salitllo, Mexico. I live with 4 other guys in a little community center in Colonia Omega in what's called Casa San Juan. We help run a chapel, kitchen, medical consultation service, mentor and tutor scholarship students, teach English, play with kids and act as a house of peace. I decided to come to Mexico ...Read More
Service Trip
Long time ago, the Lord spoke to me and said: "Follow me"... Since then, I decieded to renounce the world and start a new life for Him, the first step I made was becoming part of the community of St. John, and started as a missionary, helping poor people by teaching the youth and supporting the olds... Then, when this mission is over, I´ll be wearing the gr ...Read More
Service Trip
The Social Action Committee spent the weekend volunteering at Su Casa Catholic Worker in Chicago. We cleaned the soup kitchen, top to bottom, cleared out some land for a garden, and helped serve a meal in the soup kitchen. The whole weekend was very rewarding. --Casey, Aquinas student
Missions :)
I'm a 17 year-old Mexican-American, missionary from McAllen, Texas. I’ve been in Saltillo, Mexico for almost two months with the Congregation of Saint John and with other 4 missionaries (one of them is an Aquinas College Alumni, Joseph “Joe” Michael Balog), which is a French Catholic congregation of monks and nuns. We take some theology and philosophy classes on ...Read More
Community Organization
I walked with a new circle of friends "OUR SMALL ARMY", as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's - Out of the Darkness Community Walk. We all joined together from losing someone to suicide. I learned that we need to stop the stigma of depression and suicide by talking about it and recognizing it as a disease and so many people, young ...Read More
Community Organization
Kid's Food Basket put out a call for decorated bags in which to put sack-suppers for the kids they feed every day. We set up a bag-decorating table in the Library for students and other Library visitors to participate! We also brought blank bags, markers, crayons and stickers to Faculty Assembly so that AQ Faculty could participate too! In doing so, we accomplis ...Read More
School
My degree from Aquinas has led to a career serving others by sharing the gift of education with online students who are striving to make a better life for themselves and their families. I have been teaching for Kaplan University for the past six years where I have been able to influence hundreds of students everyday. In turn, I am receiving a gift from them when I l ...Read More
Community Organization
Volunteering at the Kids' Food Basket was unique because hunger is something usually associated with the global south. However, KFB stands as a reminder that children are going hungry in our own backyards. It was a good way to remember that often service does begin at home and how fortunate I am. It was also inspiring to see the number of volunteers and donations flow ...Read More
Community Organization
Helped prepare sack supper for underprivileged children of the Greater Grand Rapids area. Hopefully the organization is close to removing 4 schools off of its waiting list of needed service. --Chad, Aquinas Staff & Alumnus 2002
Service Trip
On the Acadia National Park Service Learning Trip, 15 of us put every ounce of our energy into maintaining the park trails and building rock pathways in the gardens. We learned so much about each other and the park itself. We were given numerous opportunities to share our story and pass it on to others as well. We gave away about 17 service coins, encouraging other ...Read More
Community Organization
I serve as the Disaster Action Team (DAT) Lead for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. At our chapter in Grand Rapids, our team is comprised of 60+ volunteers who respond 24/7/365 to families who have been impacted by a disaster, such as a house fire. I've served on the DAT team for three years now, so this is not a new project. I feel it is important for ...Read More
Service Trip
On our way to Acadia National Park for our Fall Break service trip, our group spent a few hours in historic Salem, Massachusetts. The city was alive and the roads were packed with cars and pedestrians alike. While on our way to our car we spotted a couple of damsels in distress. Their car had stalled on one of the busiest streets in downtown Salem and they were ...Read More
Prison/Jail Ministry
When I retired from teaching ten years ago I joined the prison/jail ministry centered at Cathedral Square. I travel to Ionia to do communion services twice a month, and also maintain the calendar for 13 other volunteers. What surprises me the most is how much I like the inmates I serve. I love the program which is so spiritually rewarding and also very much like worki ...Read More
Service Trip
I was working with a school in a small village in southwest Uganda. While I was there I handed out about 35 AQ shirts to those students and teachers who had very little of their own. I taught the choir a the song "One Day" by Matisyahu; I was able to play lacrosse and soccer with the children; I took 19 children into town (30 min. car ride) to get their HI ...Read More
Community Organization
Participated in the award ceremony for two Eagle Scouts from Troop 355 in the Southwest Michigan Council. I learned that there are two scouts that made valuable contrabutions to the community they live in. I was impressed with how proud their parents were of them and all of the family and guests. --Kirk, Aquinas Alumnus '74
Community Organization
My Huntington Bank colleagues and I participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk. We had 320 walkers. We raised $38,000. Our team did the walk and we had 50 volunteers set up and work the event. --Mary, Aquinas alumna '84
Service Trip
A group of students from Aqunias College spent a week in the Dominican Republic working with an organization called FUMSIL. The students that particpated include Teresa Buiocchi, Ian Meldrum, Stori Ficeli, Samantha Rosenbrook, Zach Osborn, Meghan Cupka, Kali Pratt and Olivia Dorgan. Throughout the week we were able to work in three medical clinics in the mountains and ...Read More
40 Days for Life
Years ago at Aquinas I learned that every human life was precious, that every individual counted. Therefore I decided to participate in a pro-life effort know as 40 Days For Life. For 1 hour at a time on 3 different Saturday Mornings (so far) I joined other prayer warriors on the sidewalk in front of the abortion mill right here in Grand Rapids on Fulton St. Our commi ...Read More
COMMUNITY OUT REACH
Several men in our community are going to build a new fence for a widow. We have trimmed limbs, built handicap ramps, and re-roofed houses in the area for people who can't afford to hire them done. This year we have done approximately 50 projects this week. --Don, Aquinas alumnus '79
Community Organization
Serving the community during the first snowstorm of the year - keeping the community safe while answering the call to duty as volunteer firefighters. --Mark, Friend of Aquinas
Rehab Facility
My elderly neighbor moved to a nursing home about a year ago. I visited her their about 4 months ago. Then she fell, broke her hip and had to go to a rehab facility. I visited her their this past week. She seemed happy with the visit. There are so many elderly in nursing homes and rehab facilities these days, and I feel to visit her during her recovery is very im ...Read More
Other
Serving as a mentor to at risk high school students in a program teaching antique motorcycle restoration sponsored by the Gilmore Auto Museum. The program has run for antique autos for three years and this is the first year for bikes. Three of us from the Wolverine Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America are currently working with 5 of the 26 Barry County ...Read More
Community Organization
I signed up today to commit a 3-4 hours a week for one year to teach reading. --Monica, Aquinas alumna '75
Merrill Lynch Lakeshore Office, Muskegon, MI
Our Merrill Lynch Lakeshore Team of five ran our first marathon together in 3 hrs. 55 min. on 10/16/2011, in Detroit, MI. We raised $600 and received a match of $600 from Bank of America. Our $1200 donation was presented to the American Heart Association. This team building experience taught us to focus and achieve a common goal and have a lot of fun in the process. I ...Read More
Leaf cleanup
My neighbors, who are usually very diligent in their yard care, are having health issues this fall and are unable to rake leaves. I decided to offer my help and today I began. In recent years my neighbors have helped me through some tough times and it felt really great to be able to lend a helping hand. --Mary, Aquinas alumna '97
School
I am a retired high school English teacher. Four years ago, I began volunteering in my grandchildrens' elementary classrooms. This year, I am volunteering on Monday and Wednesday mornings to help the students primarily with reading. It has surprised me how much I enjoy working with the younger students. I really love it! --Carolyn, Aquinas alumna '57
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation serving at a catholic elementary school. The students helped get the playground ready for the new school year by spreading wood chips and doing other landscaping work. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation serving Kids' Food Basket. The students decorated bags, which KFB filled with free lunches for hungry local kids. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation serving Hillcrest Community Garden by improving the appearance of the garden. Their work included weeding and trimming the garden, painting, and laying wood chips -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation helping with Artprize. The students stamped and stuffed envelopes, helping the Artprize group complete a huge task that would otherwise be very time consuming. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation helping Steepletown Neighborhood Services. The group helped spruce up both the interior and exterior of the building to make the building more welcoming and comfortable for guests. The group washed landscaped, washed windows, dusted, polished and cleaned. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation serving the AQ Child development Center. The group fixed up the outdoor play area to provide a safer play space for the children. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with the Conductive Learning Center. Conductive Learning Center provides Conductive Education to children in a classroom setting. The group helped prepare the classroom for the new school year by sorting and sanitizing toys, cleaning classrooms, cleaning shelving and furniture, organizing closets ...Read More
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with William C. Abney Academy. The group painted the walls of the school hallways with positive affirmation to bring words of encouragement to the students throughout the years. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with the Grand Rapids child development Center. The center is moving, so the group helped prepare the grounds and building for the start of school by Cleaning, landscaping, painting, moving boxes and furniture. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with Congress Elementary. The group helped prepare the school for the new year by weeding, painting, cleaning, moving supplies from one location to another, and helping teachers set their classrooms up. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with D.A. Blodgett-St. John's Home. The group painted children's bedrooms and cleaned some recreation areas in order to provide the children at St. John's Home a safe, comforting, clean and as close to home like environment as possible. -Aquinas class of 2015
Service Trip
Students and staff from Aquinas experienced living out the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Simplicity and Service while completing home repairs during the week of Oct 17-21.
Service Trip
Students and staff from Aquinas experienced living out the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Simplicity and Service while completing home repairs during the week of Oct 17-21.
Service Trip
10 Aquinas students and alumni learned and served on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from October 16-21. Students got to meet Lakota leaders and learned about the Lakota culture while completing energy efficiency projects with the local community. The group also worked with children throughout the week.
Nursing Home
The book club from St Alphonsus Parish in GR took desserts on Sunday, Oct 30 to the Sisters in the Marywook Health Center. What a great array of delicious desserts and a great group of the Sisters..some in wheelchairs, some with canes and walkers and other coming on their own. It was a great Sunday afternoon event that pleased them and gave us great joy. It was a & ...Read More
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with the Salvation Army. The facility hosts a teen parent program, where pregnant teens, teen parents, and their young children live on site. Their yard is the children's back yard, and they want to keep it nice for the kids to use. The group watered flowers, trimmed bushes, painted, and did othe ...Read More
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School. The group helped the school prepare for the new school year by helping teachers move into new classroom spaces. -Aquinas class of 2015
Hungry Children fundraiser
My Children, ages 3,6,and 8 discussed this summer what they wanted to focus on for service. They unanimously wanted to help raise money and donate it to a program which helped hungry children. They set up a peach stand in our neighborhood and all funds are going to Kids Food Basket. They have since also signed up to work at KFB on Wed. evenings. I am proud of my c ...Read More
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with Friends of Wilcox Park. The group helped beautify the area by weeding, removing litter, and painting. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with Rays of Hope for Haiti. The program provides medical supplies for medical programs oversees. The Aquinas group sorted and packed medical supplies. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with the Pregnancy Resource Center. The group provided deep cleaning for the facility, saving the center $150, which could be reinvested in clients. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with Lake Michigan Academy. The group helped transform an art room into a teachers' resource space. The students moved furniture, book shelves, and books, hung shelves, and unpacked boxes. -Aquinas class of 2015
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with Local First. Local First has contracted with the city of Grand Rapids on a program called mygrcitypoints. This program provides incentives for residents of Grand Rapids by giving points for the amount a resident recycles. These points can be redeemed for goods and services at Local First mem ...Read More
President of Board
I Have sereved on the Glenn Oaks Community Board for 11 years. -Patrick, Alumnus '64
Project Unite Service Day
A group of freshmen AQ students spent a day of their orientation working with Catholic Charities of West Michigan. The group helped maintain the buildings and vehicles without CCWM having to use money that can go directly to programs. The group did painting and cleaning, and even served a meal at God's Kitchen. -Aquinas class of 2015
Library Board
I have served on the Township board for 11 Years. -Kathleen, Aquinas Alumna '65
Service Trip
Paul & Mary Meernik (AQ Parents) delivered blankets to their local Salvation Army. The blankets were collected by their parish, St. Valentine.
Jail Ministry Communion Service
Serving the incarcerated is always a positive spiritual experience that the inmates truly appreciate. -John, Aquinas Alumnus '09
16 Aquinas Students, one AQ professor, one Principal with an MEd degree from AQ, two current MEd students who are elementary school teachers and 50 kindergarden aged students, plus teacher aids
Service Learning in Context within Hispanic Grand Rapids The Aquinas Community Giving Back Locally This Fall semester, Aquinas students, Dr. Shelli Rottschafer Assistant Professor of Spanish, Alumna Aimee Garcia M.Ed., and teachers Irene Betancourt Reiniche, and Cynthia Díaz-Stahl have teamed together within a mentoring program at César E. Chávez Elementary Sch ...Read More
United Protestant Church of Grayslake
I am dedicating my volunteer teaching of "Bible Passages for Every Day Life" as an Act of Aquinas. Adults have requested a class that will famiiarize them with passages from the Bible to address specific areas of living as "fear, being overwhelmed, faith, forgiveness, and anger." My four years at Aquinas studying Theology and experiencing the Chr ...Read More
Other
Donated blood, donated clothes to Goodwill, donate food to local community pantry, donate food thru Elks Club to EMS and law enforcement during holiday duty. --Gus & Elena, Aquinas alumni
Community Organization
My daughter and I walked 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure. We each raised $2300 for the fight against breast cancer. We were surrounded by 1600 others who are motivated to fight this disease. We made friends, shared tears and laughter and formed a stronger bond with each other. -Linda, Aquinas Alumna
Community Organization
I regularly volunteer with a local organisation - The Foundation of Goodness. They are currently involved in setting up an empowerment campus in the war affected northern region of Sri Lanka. As part of this I have developed concept notes about the project that can be submitted to sponsors as well as spending extensive time in the project locations collecting informa ...Read More
Soup Kitchen
The first Tuesday of the month, I volunteer at a soup kitchen in downtown Lansing with a few other people from my parish. I feel as if we volunteers tend to receive more than we give when we're there- receiving the smiles and joy of the poor, who often choose to count their blessings in the midst of suffering and poverty. There's one gentleman that, when I ask, &qu ...Read More
Assist w/Physical Therapy in a home
Approximately 6 years ago a friend's daughter Katherine or Kat suffered a brain stem stroke at the age of 31, which left her totally paralyzed. I learned surviving a catastrophic illness is one step forward and 2 steps back. What amazes me is Kat's unrelenting determination to do everything in her power to improve her physical conditions and not give up on life. -- ...Read More
Nursing Home
Volunteered helping with breakfast for the retired Dominican Sisters at Marywood Health Center. This is something I do every other Sunday, not just for this....I LOVE IT! The Sisters are AMAZING! --Michele, Aquinas student
Nursing Home
I am volunteering at a retirement home. For two years now I have been volunteering every Tuesday. I spend time with a remarkable group of ladies while we knit together! We knit all year and donate at least two large Tupperware boxes of winter gear during the Christmas Holiday. They think I am there to fix their mistakes and give them guidance with projects, however t ...Read More
Charity
I actively raised awareness of Leukemia and Lymphoma through the Team in Training Program for the Bay shore half marathon. I raised over $1700 for research. I ran in memory of my Grandmother who passed away from Lymphoma. --Tim, Aquinas staff member and alumnus '08
Raking Leaves of parishioners
The 4th through 8th grades at St. Marys School in Spring Lake, Michigan raked leaves of parishioners. The students had a wonderful time.They got to meet the grandparents of two of their classmates. It was interesting to hear my students say how much fun it was to rake,when initially many grumbled under their breath. The grandparents we met had 12 children and several ...Read More
Community Organization
United Way of the Lakeshore Final Ask Letters for the 2011 Campaign - Goal $2.85 million Twenty-five of us spent a couple of hours today (11/1/2011)reviewing ask letters prepared for prior year donors. Our team was looking for names of people that we knew so that we could add a personal note to their letter. This volunteer experience enlighted me to the increased n ...Read More
Community Organization
As part of our Inforum Executive Leadership Flight 7W, six women provided a dinner at the YWCA Shelter for victims of domestic abuse (women and their families). Our group also provided activities for the kids. The song "Lean on me" comes to mind...we are all a part of the same community and sometimes we need a hand.--Theresa, Aquinas alumna '98
Community Organization
Donated new warm clothing to the St. Andrew's Cathedral Clothing Ministry on behalf of Aquinas. The plight of the homeless in Heartside is heart breaking, particularly this time of year. We live in Heritage Hill and encounter the homeless daily. They are a constant reminder of our gifts and blessings! We have so much, they so little. We encourage everyone to remember ...Read More
School
I assisted the 7th grade teacher by correcting papers. I helped supervise the elementary children on the playground. I assisted the first graders in putting their All Saints' Day costumes on. I cheered the students on in my mind as I corrected papers. I'm impressed with the way the 7th grade teacher teaches the children. I learned how important a teacher's teachi ...Read More
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
I will be standing a watch as a volunteer at the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal Fish barrier on 11-3-11. The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit - Chicago, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, is trying to prevent the Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan and potentially destroying the ecosystem. Our task is to prevent barge traffic and recreational boats fr ...Read More
School
The activity that I participated in is being a tutor and mentor to high school students at Detroit Cristo Rey High School. I spent an hour with each student on a subject they feel needs attention. Today was a good day, as we accomplished much. This is a voluntary tutorial service program that has been on-going since September. As a Dominican Sister, I too, believe ...Read More
AWA Writing Group Monday Mornings from 10/31/11 to 12/19/11
I had already decided to do an act of paying it forward, then a few days later,I received the "125 Acts of Aquinas" challenge in the mail. Last August a Tai Chi teacher, Mary, invited me to join her weekly group that meets on Lake Michigan. We do Tai Chi for an hour then have a picnic. The exercise, envirorment, eating & entertainment is delightful. ...Read More
School
My class of first graders, along with their high school buddies from the service learning class, planted tulip bulbs to spruce up the school grounds. This activity followed a lesson in which the class learned about improving their community through service and volunteerism. It was an important lesson to learn that service work may not always be "fun", but he ...Read More
Blood Drive
I donated blood. I first started donating blood when I was in high school. Every year I was at AQ I helped BBB with the blood drive they sponsor. Now that I've graduated, donating blood is still something I try to do regularly. I get the reminder cards in the mail letting me know I'm eligible to donate again; I'll get the phone calls letting me know they're low on ...Read More
Nursing Home
I work as a Physical Therapist. I changed jobs a year ago but today I went back to my former job to visit two women who I had treated in the past. One is age 90. She benefitted from some cues as to who I was but after some orientation she visited with me and my husband. She gave us a "tour" of her room showing us family photos. She was praying the rosary w ...Read More
Thanksgiving Baskets
Many Troy Kensington members are participating in a service act which includes donating and delivering several hundred Thanksgiving Baskets on November 19, 2011.--Patrick, Aquinas alumnus '02
Community Organization
I volunteered at this Social Service Agency (CCRT) that provides basic help to the poor of Pontiac. --Dot, Aquinas alumna '98
Fundraiser event for St. Jude's Children Hospital
AQ Athletic department sponsored one of the miniature golf holes with AQ goodies, candy given to all children participating. I headed up and worked the event for AQ athletic department. This event in memory of Brian Bush, brother of former AQ softball player, Aaron Bush, has raised over $250,000 in the last 10 years. All monies go to the hospital to help people fight ...Read More
SoulCollage
On 11/1/11 I presented SoulCollage to the Lakeland Artists. SoulCollage combines art, psychotherapy, and spirituality. I was honored by the overall creativity of the group and the magnificent cards they created. One of the participants suggested I have a gallery show of SoulCollage cards. This inspired me to enter ArtPrize next year and I will promote this with up ...Read More
Community Organization
We had a meeting about a project to support local farmers, called "Monadnock Menus" which enrolls restaurants and gets them to make a goal for increasing their use of local foods.--Kate, Aquinas alumna '77
Church
I served where I have been a Sunday School teacher at Grandville United Methodist for youth and adults since 1999. The weekly class has been rewarding as students share their perspectives on spiritual growth. The last two years I have been leading an adult group that is digging deep into their personal faith journey. Leading the class keeps me working on my faith jour ...Read More
Peaceful demonstration
I donated money and time to the group of people who are participating in "Occupy Wall Street" to show my support and solidarity for the cause. The message is loud and clear - we are the other 99% and deserve to be treated better than corporations and slow, peaceful demonstration is more effective than fast, violent protest. --Diana, Aquinas staff member
Community Organization
I volunteer at the "soup kitchen" on Sundays at St. Vincent dePaul in Oakland, CA. Last Sunday, I met some wonderful new people who came to the center--all homeless. One young woman had a diseased leg; her face was beautiful, and she walked with a cane. She had other health conditions as well, and yet she was so grateful for the attention I paid her. --Ei ...Read More
Church
While this isn't a unique experience, I organize the St. Joseph parish bazaar each year. Throughout the year, I recruit crafters, bakers, and workers. The bazaar runs the first weekend in November, and we raise several thousand dollars for the parish. It is a long weekend of work, but helps the parish budget. For the last 10 years or so, the proceeds from the " ...Read More
cleaned up a park
I spent a beautiful, sunny day cleaning up leaves at a local park. What made it kind of fun, is a retired neighbor couple, who live near the park, came over and helped! Together we made a huge difference. I hope the neighbors enjoy the view and the kids have more fun. --Kathy, Aquinas alumna '91
Internship
After Just Graduating with a Business and Communications Degree, it was a huge culture shock to be thrown into the "real" International Business Class. I am doing an Internship with a Distributor of Wolverine WorldWide. Their headquarters are here in Rockford and I am traveling back and forth to obtain and maintain the brands that we carry in Turkey. I was o ...Read More
gave away a snowsuit
I went a bought a snowsuit for a little baby girl, who I learned was without one and who needed one to keep warm. The weather is getting very cold and I am happy to think of her all snuggly warm now. When I was a single parent of my now grown daughter, who is attending Aquinas, someone bought me a coat for her without knowing I needed it. Felt wonderful to pay it forw ...Read More
Other
Robert (1968) & Barbara (1969) are volunteers with the Friends of the Cascade Library non-profit group which supports activities of the Cascade Library Branch of the Kent District Library. The most recent fund raising project is a used book sale on the first weekend in November. Robert also serves as the treasurer for the organization.--Aquinas alumni
Community Organization
I helped sell used books at the Sand Lake Library. The sale was held at the Am Legion Hall. I worked with 2 other ladies. This is my 5th time doing this. This one was held Thursday 11/3/11. I love seeing all the families and most of all the children, find books and magazines and music. I am always surprised at how many books they stack up and buy. I am happy to see so ...Read More
Tree Planting
I've been looking for places to volunteer in Detroit that fit into my unpredictable schedule. Through the AQ suggestions I found Urban Neighborhood Initiatives and the Greening of Detroit. I brought a friend with me, and we planted 2 trees in the Springwells Neighborhood in the hour that we had to participate. I enjoyed it so much that I plan on doing it again next ...Read More
Community Organization
Mother Theresa is credited with saying that "Not all can do great things, but all can do things with great love". Not everyone can be a research scientist, but most can volunteer as a participant in a research project. My initial participation in CPS-3, a 20-year longitudinal cancer prevention research study by the American Cancer Society, is not my larges ...Read More
Community Organization
It is a great pleasure to share my history! I am an Aquinas College Alumnius and I am building a school in South Sudan. "If you’ve found yourself at a point in your life where the challenges in life seem overwhelming—Adier is the fellow you want to talk to; or maybe you just find yourself in need of a new perspective or are interested in what life can look ...Read More
Helped the hungry
There is no doubt in my mind that attending Aquinas encouraged me to continue to be kind, helpful and give to the needy. There have been several occasions while I had a bite to eat just before going to class when my fiance and I have witnessed people in need of a food. Over the past few months I have given the needy money to buy food or purchased food for the hungry. ...Read More
School
I am principal in a small Catholic school. This fall during the second week of school my Kindergarten teacher came and asked for a leave of absence. Her daughter and family had been hit by the unusual hurricane in mid-state New York. Schoharie is a very small, mountainous area. After the hurricane supplies had to be air-dropped in. Our teacher and husband spent a ...Read More
friends of library book sale
Volunteering for the semi annual book sale to benefit the library and community is Just another way to serve the community in a way that elevates the literacy and cultural levels of the community. All values that were stressed during my time at Aquinas. --Judith, Aquinas alumna '64
Nursing Home
Each week I go to Mullen Home, a nursing home for the elderly poor, that is maintained and staffed by the Little Sisters of the Poor. While at Mullen Home I teach catechesis, serve at Mass, serve dinner and meet one on one with those residents that are bound to their room or are not able to interact socially with others. This ministry is all about seeing and ser ...Read More
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson
I went on my first outing with my "Little Sister," a child I mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Tucson, AZ. I had participated in the Grand Rapids Big Brothers Big Sisters program while going to school at Aquinas. When I graduated and moved to Arizona for law school, I wanted to continue to volunteer and to "be of service" i ...Read More
Community Organization
Since 1989, with the exception of 2 years, I have worked on the Community Christmas Project in Charlevoix. Under the umbrella of the Charlevoix Ministerial Association, we provide Christmas dinner, Christmas morning breakfast,and more groceries beyond that, a turkey, gifts for children up to 18 yrs of age, and warm clothing. All children receive hats, socks, and mitte ...Read More
Gave blood.
I gave blood for the first time ever at the MI Blood event in the Wege Center Ballroom. This project affected me because it helped me realize several things, including the fact that more than 4.5 million patients need life-saving blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada, 43,000 pints of donated blood are used each day in the U.S. and Canada, that every thre ...Read More
Surprised 2 Kentwood Police Officers
We surprised 2 Kentwood Police Officers at Moe's Southwest Grill by payng $10.00(all we had) toward their dinner. We gave the money and AQ coin to the cashier, asing her to apply the $10.00 toward their meal and giving them the AQ coin; paying it forward. The casher was so excited, saying "this is so cool!" We left with our take out meal without seeing the o ...Read More
Therapeutic Riding
Three of us decided to (finally, after too long holding unfulfilled good intentions) to begin volunteering weekly at Equest Center, helping horses help people with physical, emotional, and mental challenges.--Kate
Community Organization
We colored paper bags for Kids Food Basket.--Aquinas students from Community Living Learning Center
Teach Religious Education to 4th Grade Students
I am very much enjoying teaching the 4th grade students about a church that I love and am so thankful to be a part of. I am finding that I am learning so much more about the Catholic Church as I am re-learning the traditions and beliefs to teach the kids and be able to answer all of their questions. What started out as a position that I took out of "Catholic ob ...Read More
Community Organization
As a residence hall program, I challenged my residents to give up one afternoon of studying to help at Little Victories Animal Shelter. Not only did we have a wonderful time walking dogs and playing with cats that day, but several of us have made a promise to visit our new friends on a weekly basis.--Erica, Aquinas alumna '10
Helping a stranger
Although my husband (Alex Lentine '04) and I intended to complete an Act of Aquinas while abroad, we were unable to find a planned opportunity so instead we kept an eye out for a random act of kindness. While in the piazza of St. Peter's one evening, we spotted a distraught woman who was very visibly upset and on her own. Based on the radio listening device she ...Read More
Tree Planting
I volunteered with Greening of Detroit for the 2nd time today. I met a lot of great people and helped plant 5 trees. I spoke with one of the residents who said her grandmother couldn't even remember there being trees on the street. I also learned about becoming a citizen forester, which I am now considering doing. -Dorene, AQ Alumna ' 04
Community Organization
I decorated a few paper bags for the Kids' Food Basket for an hour. It was fun to be creative and give the kids something creative to view when they pick up the bags. While I was there, most of the others were talking and laughing. It was cool to decorate the bags and listen to the fun simultaneously. Good project! -Daniel, AQ student
Environmental
I volunteered 4 hours in the morning to rake up and bag leaves for a very busy family. As a college student, waking up at 8:30am on a Saturday morning is almost unheard of, but I'm glad to have started the morning with some physical activity and it helped motivate me to continue being productive for the rest of the day. The family was thankful and glad I could help. ...Read More
Community Organization
This summer my sisters and I volunteered at one of the local farmers markets back home on Saturday mornings. It was a great way not only to meet new members of both our own neighborhood and those around us, but it was amazing to build relationships with the farmers and vendors themselves. We learned so much about their trade and it was an amazing feeling to help supp ...Read More
School
I helped fill in for a school secretary while she attended her father-in-laws celebration honoring him on Veteran's Day! I loved working with the other school staff and helping many students throughout the day! Great idea Aquinas has in inspiring others to do kind acts! -Sandy, Friend of Aquinas
Hospital
Our local Catholic school is near our hospital. As part of our Haloween celebration, we walked in our costumes to the hospital and through Extended Care Unit. The patients lined up in the halls or watched from their beds as we paraded and greeted them. I loved watching the faces of the patients light up when our little ones walk by. The biggest lesson our chil ...Read More
Aiding a Safe Ride Home
It was a rather late night, just checking my messages before I went to bed, when a person I met only recently spoke of her trouble to me. She was trapped in a Nigerian hotel in Lagos because of her passport being held. With already buying her ticket for the trip home, she had not enough money to raise the holding on her passport. She had asked me to aid her in some so ...Read More
psychotherapy
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R)in Syracuse, NY, I did 9 acts of charitable love in 9 hours of pro-bono psychotherapy for unemployed, low-income retired, or destitute persons. Jesus has many times given to me in the past through other people's acts of love and through His generosity of gifts and talents. Thank you Jesus! --Cynthia, Aquinas alumna
Service Trip
My 7th grade girl scout troop is making lap quilts from donated fabrics for the Vets home in Grand Rapids. In December we will deliver them and sing Christmas Carols. We are also holding an ornament event for younger girls which will raise food and donations for the local outreach ministries. As well as many other wonderful, fun events. --Kristy, student
Other
I direct the local food pantry and in October we gave out food to over 160 families. I sought the involvement of students from the local Catholic school for a person to person community service. It was great to see the kids arriving and the people in line thanking them for taking the time to be there and help them. It provides a richer experience for the student ...Read More
Environmental
I saw my mother's neighbor, an older man who is a US Veteran raking his leaves the other day, and noticed he was having a really hard time, so I had a thought to just rake it for him. I really didn't want him to know I did it, so when I came home from work after 8:30pm on a Friday night I decided to grab the rake and get started. Thankfully all his lights were off and ...Read More
Nursing Home
I brought my dog, Cooper, to the nursing home to be around seniors. Some have dementia, some are in wheelchairs - it doesn't matter. What is important is the smile that comes to a senior's face when he/she sees Cooper. What is important is that after several months of being there, a senior feels comfortable to reach out and pet Cooper. What is important is a senior's ...Read More
Other
Due to the amount of trafficking that occurs every day in Immokalee, Florida, members from the law school and I joined several other community and police organizations in coming out and make people aware that it is okay for individuals to come forward about what is going on around them. Members from my law school and I created a children's area with games, face painti ...Read More
Bike M.S. Committee Meeting
I worked on a committee that helps put on the West Michigan Bike M.S. event. For this event our riders bike anywhere from 30 to 200 miles and raise money in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. This year the West Michigan ride raised over $323,000. I also do route marking, schedule bike shops and anything else they might need. I started fund raising/riding in ...Read More
Special Olympics
This evening, my son Carter (14) and I joined his travel hockey team in a hockey game against a poly hockey team (floor hockey) sponsored by the Special Olympics. The event was organized by a mom in our organization and is the second year for this scrimmage. When we arrived, a mom from a Special Olympics athlete commented that her son lit up like Christmas when h ...Read More
Hospital
One of my student teacher field supervisors was doing rehab at the hospital after a minor stroke. To see his progress over the course of the last 4 weeks was remarkable. Seeing his sense of humor remain intact through the darkest hours and watching his struggle to regain his power to read and converse was inspiring.--Dan, Aquinas staff member
Community Organization
On Wed. Nov 16 the Advancement Department of Aquinas College, collected turkeys and monetary donations and dropped them off to the Mel Trotter Ministries' annual Thanksgiving Turkey drive. The drop off location was at Celebration Cinema North at Knapps Corner. Mel Trotter is always ready to serve the community and it was an honor to suppport them. Thank you, the staf ...Read More
Community Organization
I volunteered with Aquinas College Habitat for Humanity at a build site sponsored by Kent County Habitat for Humanity in Eastown. It was really great to see all the work that had already been done, and to help put the finishing touches on the house, getting it ready for a family to move into. --Karen, Aquinas student
Hospital
I visited a friend who was recovering from a bone marrow transplant. I brought her the gift of a statue of "Angel of Miracles" and a get well card letting her know that I was praying for her daily! Going through the transplant has been horrible, but without the bone marrow transplant, Sue would die. God is good! --Pat, Friend of Aquinas
Community Organization
Risen Christ school is an ethnic diversified Catholic inner city school. The students have a variety of backgrounds and abilities. I have been a volunteer at the school for twelve years, middle school students read to me which gives them confidence and strength in pronunciation and speaking in front of fellow students. A teacher I work with is Anna Marie Byrne, a ...Read More
Hosted Bingo Night
The Aquinas College Women's basketball team hosted Bingo Night at Grand Rapids' Degage Ministries. The team compiled numerous gift bags complete with items such as tooth paste, socks and shampoo for the winners to receive once they won Bingo. The team interacted with the participants, including singing songs and taking photos with them. This event positively impacted ...Read More
Hospital
To help the morale of children in the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, the Aquinas College Women's basketball team made numerous Halloween cards that were to be given to the children in the hospital during their hard and trying times. The workers at the hospital were so thankful and appreciative of our work and it let us know that something as small as Halloween cards ...Read More
Community Organization
I volunteer every Friday afternoon at Kids Food Basket, a local non-profit that provides over 3,700 children with a healthy sack dinner to bring home from school with them. I work the "assembly lines" which are two lines of people assembling the sack suppers. It is usually the same group every Friday, and we have a great time packing the dinners. Last Friday ...Read More
Community Organization
I just finished 14 months of service at Gould Farm, a residential therapeutic community for persons with mental illness. We help persons with mental illness move toward recovery and wellness. I worked in both the residential and work programs, while participating as a community member in a place where stigma gives way to acceptance and support. --Brett, Aquinas alumnu ...Read More
Community
The AQ Athletic Department raised money and had a clothing drive for the GR Home for Veterans. The monetary gift will help with the annual GR Home for Veterans Christmas Party and in purchasing presents for residents. $400+ was raised for the Christmas party and over 10 boxes of new and "gently used" clothing was given to the Clothing Store at the facility. ...Read More
Campaign Life Coalition
I've always supported the cause of both the Campaign Life Coalition and the local Right to Life Office in Chatham. We are selling Christmas cakes to support Campaign Life's goal of defunding abortion in Ontario. --David, Friend of Aquinas
School
A fellow teacher is going through a rough time. She is in the middle of a divorce. She is teaching high school students full-time, raising 3 daughters and just found out that one daughter has Chroen's disease and needs to go to U of M's Children's Hospital. She applied for a short leave of absence between Thanksgiving and the New Year, in order to deal with all th ...Read More
Community Organization
I am honored to share my story on how our “SERVICE CHARISM” at Aquinas College has changed and influenced my life as a person and as a coach. As I look back on my life, I realize that during my formative years I was a bit selfish and caught up in my own little world. I didn’t realize the importance of reaching out to others in hopes of making the world a bette ...Read More
Food Service
I gave my daily granola bar to a gentleman in Austin who did not have anything to eat. This was located on the South side of the city near South Congress Avenue. My take away was to be grateful for what I have been given and to meet those basic human needs when possible. Happy Thanksgiving, Aquinas fam! --Daniel, Aquinas alumnus '02
Environmental
Our Act of Aquinas was the continuation of an activity that started about a year ago. This particular evening of our event, 4 members of the WWW Y in Belmont, went to Bridgeway Community Church east of Rockford. There we met several young women who were anxious to learn how they could be involved in the Mats for Haiti project. The environmental part of the project has ...Read More
Adopt a Soldier
Through the Adopt a Soldier program, I am writing letters to soldiers who are serving our country while in Iraq and Iran. I send them my thanks and gratitude for their service and hope to make a new friend in the process. I also send some silent prayers their way! --Kathleen, Friend of Aquinas
Other
While waiting for a pizza, I was approached by a man who said that his wife was in a Grand Rapids hospital with cancer. However, his child, who lived in Lansing, needed to see him urgently. He was asking for money for a bus ticket to get to Lansing, which was $14. I hesitated, only because I have been approached by individuals asking for money in the past. However, af ...Read More
School
St. Albert's Day is an afternoon that the science students of Aquinas perform science experiments with elementary students to get them interested in science. This year, the event was organized by Morgan Thelen, and we did fingerprinting, flame tests, made homemade lava lamps and many other cool science tricks. This was very exciting for the children and a great exper ...Read More
School
Part of the Aquinas Women's Basketball team went on over to St. Thomas school and read to various classrooms. This occasion embedded in the Aquinas student-athletes that education is imperative and they would be no where without what they were taught growing up. The students of St. Thomas were extremely thankful for having the opportunity to be read to and to have rea ...Read More
School
My story is really quite simple. I am the principal of the school. Every year I try to do something of service for the school. Usually I can do so undetected. This year is different because I volunteered to run the concession stand for basketball games. Not a big deal as we have had volunteers since the start of our program. However, I am doing the purchasing, o ...Read More
Other
Today, 12/6/11 is the Feast of St. Nicholas. Remembering how we use to put our shoes out for a small gift on this day, I invited the people I live with to put out any shoes that needed polishing, and I would do them. It reminded me of my father, ex-navy man, who taught me how to put a real spit and shine on our shoes as I helped him with this Saturday night ritual ...Read More
Little Dresses for Africa
"Planting in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy..one little dress at a time". Volunteers sew dresses from pillow cases to be given to little girls living in Africa who may never had a new dress. The dress pattern is simple, easy to sew and easy to wear. Each dress is different, unique, just like the little girl who wears it! --Angela, Aquinas ...Read More
No Room at the Inn
This is my 3rd year to co-chair No Room at the Inn, a 3-day poverty reduction awareness event with Catholic Chariites. It starts out with a Friday evening fundraising reception with all proceeds going to St Joseph's Emergency Shelter. It is the only shelter in Polk County that accepts the entire family. Over 300 hundred nativities are on display to call attention to ...Read More
Veterans Home
As the Women's Soccer team at aquinas college, we went caroling at the Veterans Home in Grand Rapids. It was a lot of fun and it was nice to see the responses from the people. Everyone loved it. --Courtney, Aquinas student
Giving aid to a family
My oldest son is a teacher in GRPS. One of his student's families lost everything in a house fire. I collected items from my home, neighbors and friends and brought clothes, household items and food to the school as they were collecting items for this family. --Karen, Parent
Other
My mom and I collected scrap material from garage sales and from friends then quilted small blankets to be distributed to the children when they had to be seperated from their parents. We felt that the children should be gifted to show them that someone cares and that they were loved. We were surprised how much material we have been given. We still haven't run o ...Read More
Service to neighbor
In late November............I have a neighbor who is a widow, struggles to keep up with yard work for her home. She had someone rake leaves(which had covered her front lawn) into the street in front of her house. Unsightly. My wife and I scooped up bushels and bushels of leaves, put them into our yard waste barrels, and had our service take them away. --Mark, Aquinas ...Read More
Community Organization
Jade Chavez, student, and I were among about 30 who sorted medical supplies and clothing at Rays of Hope for Haiti Medical on Grandville Ave. for 3 1/2hours on Dec. 10th. It was amazing how many medical supplies were discarded and given to Rays of Hope for distribution to Haiti and other countries, and clinic in the US as well. The warehouse has no heat so was very c ...Read More
Other
I donated 10 inches of my hair to a charity organization that makes wigs for women effected by cancer. --Stephanie, Aquinas alumna '09
sorting medical supplies to be shipped to developing nations
Rays of Hope for Haiti collects and distributes medical supplies, clothing and bedding and other necessary supplies to Haiti and other impoverished communities in developing countries. This organization receives millions of dollars worth of medical supplies alone from hospitals in West Michigan. I was astonished at the sheer quantity of materials that come through the ...Read More
Prison outreach
My family organized a Christmas activity to the prisoners in town. We sponsored a mass where everyone attended, having been able to invite their families and give them a small gift and be thankful for the blessings they have. share a meal with them like a normal setting. it was a great experience for my family to be able to reach out to those who were considered outca ...Read More
www.911giveshope.com
I am now an board member of 911 Gives Hope. (www.911giveshope.com) Our charity has raised almost $200,000 for local charities for children and those with special needs. Other than raising money and awareness, we also have done done drives that supply our local hospitals with toys for children who spend time in the hospital over the next year. This project has effe ...Read More
Community Organization
The members of the 21 Aquinas College sports teams donated over $500 in cash and three truckloads of toys and other gifts to Catholic Social Services to aid needy families in the GR area for the holidays. The drive was headed by the SAAB Council (Student Athlete Advisory Board). The athletic department also donated hundreds of dollars to the GR Home for Veterans Chr ...Read More
Nursing Home
Student Support Services partnered with Holland Homes to assist some of their residents in viewing the Christmas and Holiday display at Meijer Gardens. They needed individuals to push residents in wheelchairs through the exhibits, talk with them, and connect with them. We were hoping they would need more students, but they only needed 3. I was extremely impressed with ...Read More
School
I am tutoring an English as a Second Language high school student who is cognitively impaired so that he can learn how to read. This started when I was placed in his class to serve my Practicum in ESL. I loved these teachers and students so much and I did not want to leave when my time was up. I knew that this young man still needed my help so I agreed to continue ...Read More
School
I'm an elementary school teacher in Korea, and one of my 5th-grade classes and I decided to take a day to clean all of the English classrooms and offices, since the school doesn't have janitors. The kids were awesome! They happily cleaned until it couldn't have sparkled more! Afterwards, one of the students came up to me and said, in English, "This will make our ...Read More
Nursing Home
For my 'Act of Aquinas' I went to a retirement home called Riverside Place in Midland, Michigan. At Riverside Place, I played Christmas songs on my violin with my private violin teacher and other students for the residents. I have played my violin at other nursing and assisted living homes throughout high school. All of these experiences have taught me that music can ...Read More
Took coffee to a Salvation Army bell ringer
I took coffee to a Salvation Army bell ringer. The man appreciated it because it was cold outside. --Sally, parent of Aquinas student
Nursing Home
Visited my godmother in an assisted living facility. I was inspired by the compassion of the staff toward the residents. --Thomas, Friend of Aquinas
Community Organization
For my second service, I volunteered, along with my mom and my brother, for 5 hours a day for two days at RBC Ministries. We worked on packaging and shipping as well as stuffing envelopes with products for mailing. It felt good to be back at RBC, where I volunteered for a few years and where I also did my Eagle Scout project. One of the ladies I worked with on th ...Read More
Service Trip
This past summer we went on a mission trip to Puerto Lempira, Honduras to volunteer at an orphanage type facility. While there we aided the woman who ran the place in cleaning up and spent most of our time with the kids living there. This is my second time going to this place and it has completely changed my life. I have actually picked out my major because of this ex ...Read More
St. Al's All Saints' Day Service Project
Through the efforts of Ann Arbor area CSS Bible Study group participants and their family members, a large group of faithful stewards gathered together on All Saints' Day to make over 450 sandwiches in just over an hour and sort various religious articles, warm clothing items and most needed supplies for the St. Aloysius Homeless Food and Clothing Program in Detroit. ...Read More
Community Organization
For just over a year, I have volunteered at Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids on a regular basis. I assist with the children's grief group. Each of the children in the group has had a loved one die. I help the facilitator provide a safe and fun environment for the children. It has been a privilege to meet and spend time with these kids. Their understanding, love, and ...Read More
Community Organization
My husband and I prepared a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald house. The Ronald McDonald House provides lodging and meals to families that have children in the hospital. These families are usually from out of town and cannot afford lodging in Grand Rapids. We cooked a basic meal of spaghetti and meatballs, but it was greatly appreciated by the fa ...Read More
Community Organization
My 16 year old son and I have volunteered approximately 20 hours for Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids. We help prepare a meal for approximately 50 people that come for group meetings for those affected by cancer. We have met many other volunteers and have really enjoyed the experience. (My husband and I are Alumni. We have a daughter who is a Junior at AQ and my high scho ...Read More
Community Organization
The Clarkston United Methodist Church hosts Christmas Connection each year. The church contacts local school social workers to identify families struggling financially, based on free/reduced lunch data and in-school referrals. The people of the church (and outside community, like me) voluntarily provide Christmas for a family, who has listed all the family members and ...Read More
Other
I loaned my van to an unemployed relative who needed reliable transportation to get to a job interview in Coopersville.--Beth, Parent of a student
Community Organization
We discussed what community service means and how to pay it forward in my 5th and 6th grade Faith Formation Class at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Norway IA. I challenged my students to find some way to make a difference during the season of Advent. In this spirit, I arranged to have a craft table at the Families Helping Families event at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Ra ...Read More
Decorated 100 bags for Kids Foodbasket
It was so interesting to see the talented adults I know sharing their creativity in the setting of a local neighborhood tavern. Everyone enjoyed themselves, even people who just happened to walk in joined the fun. Several people even took bags home to have their spouse and children decorate bags and they brought them back! All I had to do was secure markers, st ...Read More
School
Each member of the 12 school WHAC athletic conference executive committee was given the AQ 125,000 acts of kindness coin to share with their student groups. The AQ project was described by AQ AD Terry Bocian and all schools were impressed with the project and were going to take this back to their student athlete councils.--Terry, AQ Staff and Alumnus '70
Community Organization
For our Act of Aquinas, we went to Van Andel Arena around Christmastime to ring bells for the Salvation Army. We enjoyed the company of generous donors as well as volunteers of the Salvation Army itself. We both learned that sharing a small portion of your time can have a large impact on an organization in need. A wonderful lady who donated told us that she would pray ...Read More
tree planting
This is a bit late, but I went to plant trees again this weekend. I met a lot of great people, including a high school teacher with his students. The students had a lock in the night before, but a couple of them managed to make it. Community service is one of their graduation requirements. --Dorene, Aquinas alumna
Church
I volunteered for the first time at a local church serving homeless families thanksgiving dinner. I leaned how blessed that i am to have food on the table when many families on long island do not have that privilage. Angela, Friend of Aquinas
Holy Trinity Church
Volunteered hours to update the parish files - baptism, first communion, etc. - date of birth - current address, phone, e-mail - school / college that are currently attending. Dorothy, Parent of Aquinas student
Drove a friend to Christmas Eve mass who is a paraplegic
It made my family feel good to help our friend get to mass since she is in a wheelchair. She was very grateful, but we also got so much out of helping her. It felt like that what Christmas is about, reaching out to others.--Marybeth, Friend of Aquinas
Drove a friend to a chemotherapy appointment and stayed with her during the treatment.
It feels good to help someone in a time of need. When someone is going through a difficult time, it makes you feel blessed to be able to help them. I think I would appreciate it if I was in that situation and someone helped me.--Richard, Friend of Aquinas
Service Trip
My friends and I had the opportunity to share our art and music at an adult re-integration center in Chisinau, Moldova. The center is a home for orphans who have passed the age where they can be a part of an institution. The focus is to help these individuals without families to re-integrate into society through life skill development, and social support. We sang s ...Read More
Community Organization
Once a month I go into Huron Valley Correctional Facility, an all women's prison, to do prison ministry. It has been a truly profound experience. This opportunity has helped me to grow in numerous ways and I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people including inmates and other prison volunteers.--Kyle, Aquinas student
Community Organization
I go into E.C. Brooks and West Shorline Prison to meet with inmates at level I, II, and IV security level. I help facilitate traditional Buddhist services. It is an incredible experience to meet with men who live in sub-human conditions and push to better themselves with the odds stacked against them, and when they have been dismissed by the majority of society.--Kyle ...Read More
School
Each Christmas season our Community Councils adopt a family from our Student Life Center. This year an 11 member family was overlooked by one Council, we found out about this 2 days before Christmas break. Our Reslife department sent out an email asking for overnight help. In the morning when we came into our office there were bags of food, gifts and clothing every ...Read More
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
There are 12 locations scattered through Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Holland, Coppersville, Hastings, and Kalamazoo. VITA provides services to complete tax returns from end of January through April 17th. It has given me the opportunity to work within my community and help people file taxes, often receiving a refund. It has been a wonderful learning experience to develop my ...Read More
Community Organization
I altar served for my church. --Bobby, Friend of Aquinas
School
My "Act of Aquinas" was leading an Anti-Bullying group at my school. The project is called "Have Class, Don't Harass." At first it was stressful and took time and effort to plan and coordinate, but it was well worth it. To kick off the project, the six students running it created a video to broadcast in the school with moving statistics such as the ...Read More
Community Organization
My Seminarian Brothers and I help out at local parishes, schools, and various centers throughout the greater city of Columbus. We do what ever is needed, picking up trash, teaching a lesson, playing the piano and singing for the elderly, talking and praying with prisoners, holding the hand of the mourning, and the list goes on. But Most of all, we pray that our wor ...Read More
Community Organization
The Aquinas College Hockey Team assisted the Griffins Youth Foundation with their winter skatefest on January 22nd.--Nolan, Aquinas student
School
We toured Aquinas College with my daughter, who has just been accepted at your college, when we received this 'coin'. We were inspired. We knew of 2 students who were struggling to make it to the next level of education who could not afford to do so. We contacted these students, and have financially sponsored their ACT tests, and other funds needed to apply to the ...Read More
Community Organization
Donated blood at a drive held a Gazelle Sports.--Randy, Aquinas alumnus, parent and staff member
School
Volunteered for consession sales at a son's school. --Randy, Aquinas alumnus, parent and staff member
Community Organization
Volunteered as a Traffic Director at the Resolution Run in support of P.O.R.T. (Pediatric Oncology Resouce Team).--Randy, Aquinas alumnus, parent and staff member
Environmental
I am studying abroad in Costa Rica with the program offered by Aquinas. One of the classes offered is a reforestation project in the mountain near the city I am living in. Each week 12 other Aquinas students and myself enjoy spending a few hours working on the project, a project that has been going on for years with each Aquinas study abroad program that studies in ...Read More
Community Organization
Volunteered at a Texas Hold-Em Poker Tounament to raise money for projects by a local council of the Knights of Columbus.--Randy, Aquinas alumnus, parent and staff member
Cut out coupons for soldiers
We cut out coupons to send to service men overseas every Sunday for 45min-1 hour. --Sara, Aquinas student
Community Organization
As a way to celebrate the holiday season, a group of three students gathered to beginning planning an event known as Help-Portrait (a national movement). The event, and others like it, is meant to provide family portraits to those who might otherwise not be able to afford them for the holidays. The photo shoot, put on by photographers through MSU's Creativity Explorat ...Read More
Random act of kindness
Ok, I have to share. Joe and I were out walking and he noticed a neighbor that had a broken flag pole with an American flag half hanging on it. Instead of complaining about it I said to Joe that we should pay it forward and buy the neighbors a new pole. Pole in car, ready to drop off, all I need is a note. Well, I get home from school and before I even have a chance t ...Read More
Service Trip
I participated in a service trip. --Mary, Aquinas student
Community Organization
I volunteered several hours to help at Springhill Camps...a nonprofit org. a nondem christian camp in Evart Mi. I passed my coin to Dustin Mix a Structural Engineering gradudate Studnet at Nortre Dame. Dustin is involved in a project with ND and Haiti. He took the coin to Haiti with him on his last trip.--Elizabeth, Aquinas alumna '00
School
We donated money to our only local Catholic school to help sponsor a concert by Colin Raye, a well known country music singer. He is giving all of the proceeds from his show to St. John Catholic School in Panama City to help save the small school. St. John's was established over 50 years ago and is struggling as are their parents in today's economy. With our large ...Read More
Environmental
Environmental service at Elks Golf Course.--Prospective student
Service Trip
8 students and one staff member drove down to New Orleans, LA for our spring break to volunteer at the St. Peter Claver Catholic School. Everyday we worked with children and helped the school with Katrina relief. Even after 6 years New Orleans needs as much help as they can get. The people were so happy to see us and greeted us with open hearts.--Aaron, Aquinas studen ...Read More
Community Organization
Every thursday morning I drive over to the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan to volunteer. I do different things from housekeeping to organizing the movies. The home houses parents that have children getting treatment from any of our hospitals in Grand Rapids.--Aaron, Aquinas student
Service Trip
Spring Break 2012, I was sent to Japan via SIFE to assist in volunteer efforts towards the continued relief of Japan's March 2011 tsunami. There, I got to work in three towns that had been devastated by the tsunami. What I noticed was that very little had been done to rebuild Japan as of yet. The volunteer groups are doing their best to provide aid and assist the vict ...Read More
home of older woman experiencing health challenges
Many people got together to help a woman clean out her house of 40+ years to prepare to sell it so that she could move to an assisted living environment.--Kristin, student
friend-sitting
I was able to child sit for a few hours one morning so that parents could get away for some together time. It was a good experience to be with children who I had just met. We had a good time together. I guess what always surprises me is how very talented and precocious so many children are. In this volunteer effort I met both children and their parents - and have ...Read More
Environmental
This experience is unique because it's not everyday that people get to work on a reforestation project in another country. This project is part of the Costa Rica Travel Abroad program through Aquinas and was started by previous students who also traveled to Santa Ana. This has affected me by bringing me more awareness of my role in protecting nature. I was surprised m ...Read More
School
I am a mentor for a third grade Hispanic girl at Godfrey Lee Elementary School. I am a volunteer through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization. Once a week I visit my mentee and spend time with her playing games, doing school work, and just talking and being a friend to her. My experience working with her has been very rewarding to me because I realized that it is ...Read More
Community Organization
While studying abroad in Ireland for the 2012 Spring Semester, I volunteered my time at the FORUM Connemara West Ltd. as a student intern. The FORUM is a non-profit organization that funds various programs throughout Connemara. My act of service was at the Clifden Music Festival; the festival was funded through the FORUM, and I spent the weekend in Clifden collect ...Read More
Rescuing trapped ducks
Walking to the Residence Life Office to fill out paperwork, students noticed that 12 ducklings and mother duck were trapped. The students were able to get the ducks in a box and raised them out of area they were trapped. The mother duck then led the ducks to the stream behind Regina and were able to return to their home. The students were careful not to touch the d ...Read More
Service Trip
With 7 other adults and 8 middle and high school students, I went to Henryville, Indiana to help with tornado relief. We were assigned to help a family who had twenty acres of fallen trees and debris to clear. Their home and yard were the first hit in the tornado's path. Through the work, the members of my church and I were able to see that, despite the devastation ...Read More
Neighborhood Service Project
On Saturday, April 21st, 150 Aquinas College students, faculty, staff and Heartside neighbors participated in the Heartside Pride Clean Sweep. Mayor George Heartwell kicked off the event with a Heartside Neighborhood introduction. Prayer and announcements followed. Participants teamed up and headed to designated neighborhood sections, where they completed cleaning a ...Read More
Community Organization
Volunteered by making swag bags, accessories and cookies for 120 Girl Scouts. We Celebrated 100 Years of Girl Scouting and an award ceremony. We had a blast! Kristy, Student
Giving a small gift of appreciation as a complete surprise to a good friend.
This is a very, very small act of kindness. But it took people by surprise and perhaps, that's the best kind! It all began with a sad event in my life: my mother passed away several days ago. Ever since her passing, I've had to rearrange my week to plan for her funeral in Cleveland. For example, I had to cancel appointments and meetings. One of the events I had ...Read More
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