Did you get the call to service?

Students from The University of Scranton spending their Spring Break helping the less fortunate in Chicago, IL.

This past week I’ve been in Chicago chaperoning six (6) University of Scranton students on their alternative spring break. These amazing students chose to spend a week in Chicago doing volunteer work. Wait, let me back up. They chose to pay $750 to spend a week in Chicago with five (5) students they didn’t previously know, do work (sometimes difficult), and hang out with middle-aged me, rather than lying on a warm beautiful beach somewhere.  This really inspires me.

We spent time in some pretty rough neighborhoods handing out food on the street to the homeless with a night mission. Today we handed out food in a gritty, sometimes dangerous part of town.  It’s really eye-opening. I know it makes me think twice about my daily choices.

So, as you go about your day, try to remember those less fortunate with a kind thought, a couple of bucks or actual service.  As Mahatma Gandhi said, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” I say, “Go out and make a difference any way you can.”

Donna J. Simpson
Consultant Manager
The University of Scranton SBDC

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About The University of Scranton SBDC

The University of Scranton SBDC provides no cost small business consulting services that are tailored to fit the needs of small business clients of Bradford, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne & Wyoming Counties. The center offers confidential individualized assistance designed to identify and address the problems of small business owners as well as individuals interested in establishing a business. The program is jointly funded by the US Small Business Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and The University of Scranton.
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One Response to Did you get the call to service?

  1. Kristin Maile says:

    Donna – You’re awesome! Great story!

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