Volunteers to craft with senior citizens

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Students meet at 11:30 a.m. and walk to St. Francis Nursing

By Kimberly Brown

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students can volunteer to help senior citizens make Valentine’s Day crafts at St. Francis Nursing Home 2-3 p.m. Tuesday.

The event is hosted by the office of civic engagement.

The time students spend in this project can count as volunteer service hours.

Bianca Sapet, coordinator of student success, can log these into a database.

Students can report service hours when applying for scholarships and for awards such as the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Students involved with clubs or organizations may also be required to complete volunteer hours, and hours spent on the project can count for that, Sapet said.

Students will meet at the office of civic engagement at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 and walk to the nursing home at 630 W. Woodlawn Ave.

They will decorate the community room for Valentine’s Day and help senior citizens complete Valentine’s craft kits that residents can use to decorate their rooms.

The event is a “wonderful way for students to get involved in their community and give back,” Joseph Liedecke, coordinator of student success, wrote in an email when he was unavailable for an interview.

Sapet said these senior citizens do not get many visitors and this is a wonderful time to engage them.

Sister Inga, the activities director at the nursing home, said, “The residents love visitors, especially students, because they’re young and energetic.”

Liedecke explained the real value of volunteering. “The most important thing about volunteering is it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

Students can sign up in the office in Room D403 of Building 19, the community engagement annex, or by email to jliedecke@alamo.edu or to Sapet at bsapet@alamo.edu.

Building 19 is one of the portable buildings on Dewey Place north of Loftin Student Center. The building is open 8 a.m. to 5 p. m. weekdays.

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