I want you all to have Hearts Bigger Than the Whole World – Theodore Ratisbonne. Founder
Kansas City Sion College Grads Volunteer Here and Abroad
In Sion and high school in Kansas City, students are required to do service hours volunteering in the city and elsewhere, such as cleanup for the Katrina disaster. Many students continue on during and after College in programs like the Jesuit Volunteer Corps which requires them to live simply and to work in social justice.
Sue Koehler, working at Innocence Project New Orleans, a non profit law firm who to get wrongfully convicted out of prison, says that it was a transformative experience. "It taught me to love at a deeper level by allowing me to be the face of God to those society teaches us to fear. I go forward now to work in solidarity with the poor and marginalized."
"I was challenged to learn a lot about my character and different outlooks," says Sarah Reintjes. She spent a year at Perry School Community in the heart of Washington D.C. teaching in an after school program and coaching soccer and basketball.
During a clinical experience in the mountains of the Dominican Republic, Cara Walkup lived with a family and worked in an International Christian Ignatian-inspired collaborative health and education program.
Mark Munninghoff, a graduate of Sion Locust School in 1999, volunteered for a year coordinating volunteer services and donations at Lakeview Food Pantry in Chicago. He was deeply involved in food distribution, home delivery to the sick and the elderly.
The list of yearlong volunteers spans many but here are a few: teaching in Tanzania (Jessie Bullock), doing an internship in a crowded government hospital that lacks many resources in Mexico (Katie McAnany), working on a project to prevent women being sold into slavery (Elyse Rohrer), starting a free sports clinic, Athletes United, for 100 low income children using Darmouth's facilities. (Becky Poskin)