Thursday, January 12, 2012

Student Affairs volunteers at the Mary Brennan INN

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." MLK Jr.
Today the Division of Student Affairs staff had the opportunity to volunteer at the Mary Brennan INN. Fourteen staff members from across campus came together to volunteer and spend some time getting to know our colleagues better. We arrived at the INN at 9am and they put us right to work doing a variety of tasks from organizing the pantry, stocking food donations, organizing and hanging clothing and toiletry items and sorting items for the boutique. We took a break at 11am to meet again with all volunteers and discuss lunch service. Many of the staff were able to serve food, deliver food to the tables for families with small children and those unable to get food for themselves in the buffet line. While lunch was going on all the winter clothing items that had been sorted were brought out to the lunch room for the consumers to take if they wanted.
After lunch we cleaned and continued sorting clothing and toiletry donations. One team spent the last 45 minutes packing almost 300 shower kits for the consumers! Everyone who participated had a great time and wanted to come back for more.
We hope you have the opportunity throughout your time at Hofstra to give back to the community and if it is at the Mary Brennan INN we know your experience will be great. Throughout this holiday weekend please take the time to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. and the community service spirit that he embodied. Enjoy the rest of the winter break and see you on the 26th for the first day of classes!
"Every man must decide if he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." MLK Jr.
The Mary Brennan INN is always looking for volunteers and donations. Please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Activities for more information on student community service opportunities (516-463-6914 or To contact the Mary Brennan INN directly call (516-486-8506).


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