Hilbert College students, faculty, and staff spent Friday, January 20 connecting with the local community through Unity with Our Community, a service day devoted to carrying on the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Members of the Hilbert community served at four sites in the area including: 1) The Teacher’s Desk, a nonprofit organization that provides free resources and supplies to local teachers for their classrooms and students to better facilitate learning and academic success; 2) Little Portion Friary, a completely volunteer-based nonprofit organization that strives to meet the needs of homeless individuals including short term shelter and meals; 3) Journey’s End, a Christian community organization that works to serve refugees in their journey to becoming new Americans in WNY including, but not limited to resettlement support, interpretation services, and legal services; 4) Veterans One Stop, an agency dedicated to providing a range of social and health services to meet to support our veterans and their families across WNY.
Depending upon the site, students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity to organize supplies and pantries, prep meals, assist with light housekeeping, and set up an apartment for a new refugee family.
The 5k Race was organized by Hilbert students under the leadership of freshman Logan Yotter. The race was held on November 19 and had over 200 runners participate. Monies raised benefitted the Kaely’s Kindness Foundation, which supports teenage girls battling cancer.