From what I have heard from speaking with campus ministers from other universities, read in news reports, and personally experienced, this generation of youth and young adults has a heart for service! According to the Millennial Impact Report, 70% of millennials volunteered at least one hour in 2014. Here at Newman, we see students generously giving of their time (much more than one hour!) to help with retreats, faith sharing groups, shared meals, and more. Soon students will also serve others in our local community as we begin our Service Saturday series for the semester.
On one Saturday a month, students will partner with groups and organizations both on and off campus to serve some of the people most in need in our community. We’ll kick off Service Saturdays on September 24th by teaming up with other NMSU student groups to care for God’s creation as we clean up campus with the annual Keep State Great event. Other Saturdays will include visits with the homeless residents of Camp Hope tent city and elderly residents of Casa del Sol nursing home. We’ll also explore a new opportunity in November, which we are calling a Yard Clean Up to Benefit Our Troops. The idea is students will help do yard work and other tasks for our elderly parishioners, we’ll accept donations from parishioners served for the students’ time, and we’ll pass the donations on as care packages to parishioners serving in the military. More details on this exciting new venture to come!