St. Ambrose University students, faculty and staff worked 2,400 hours during Bee the Difference month
St. Ambrose University students, faculty and staff worked collectively and individually to contribute 2,400 hours of community service over a month to celebrate the many ways Ambrosians are making a difference in society. community.
“Bee the Difference Month” in St. Ambrose began on November 7 with the annual Bee the Difference Day project conducted annually since 2006 by the SAU Student Government Association. It ended on December 7 with a bread and soup bar at the Rogalski Center, to celebrate the Ambrosian service and to mark the annual feast of Saint Ambrose which honors the homonymous saint of the University.
During the 30 days in between, Ambrosians served Davenport and the major Quad Cities in a variety of unique and impactful ways. These include:
- Lego robotics coaching
- Meal service at Café on Vine
- Packing welcome bags for Afghan refugees
- Cooking for the elderly neighbors
- Mentoring and teaching Cubs
- Mentoring in elementary school
- Volunteer hours at the French Center for Mental Health Vera, Impact Life, the Festival of Trees and other similar organizations and events.
St. Ambrose students contributed 1,900 hours of documented volunteer service, while faculty and staff submitted 400 hours of service effort.
“The hours of community service we counted over the past month do not represent the countless selfless contributions and acts of kindness that St. Ambrose students, faculty and staff make every day, every month, every year. SAU President Amy Novak said. an outing on Friday. “We created Bee the month of difference as a way to intentionally amplify and celebrate how our university community so effectively honors Milan’s Ambrose.
“As the first leader of the Catholic Church, Saint Ambrose ministered beyond the walls of his church and lived his faith among the people in a way that reflected the love and compassion of God,” she declared. “He made the difference. As the only university in the United States named in honor of the patron saint of bees, the community of St. Ambrose University is committed to making the same kind of difference.
The Feast of St. Ambrose Day Bread and Soup Bar celebrated the Ambrosian service with dozens of homemade loaves of bread baked and contributed by more than 20 campus bakers, including Amy and Ken Novak. Over 350 members of the campus community attended the event.
Before the start of the month, Novak said:
“Whether you’re part of a sports team that’s committed to working with children with Down’s syndrome, or you have students working in an underserved clinic, or maybe you and your kids are preparing a little loaf of bread for a neighbor are all examples of how we live our call to serve, ”she said. “To celebrate the incredible service provided by our community, I encourage you to snap a photo of your service efforts throughout the month and use your social media platforms to amplify St. Ambrose towards the community at large. ”