Shannon Rooney | December 22, 2017
'Tis the season for good works and Notre Dame residence hall communities in particular have spent the last few months on a variety of service projects in the local community.
Each residence hall works throughout the year on behalf of its signature charity or charities, making a difference through fundraisers and programming. During the holidays, the halls focus on fun activities that bring residents together in unique ways to serve people in need.
“Volunteer work has always been a core component of Stanford Hall,” says senior Jacob Schaefer, one of two service commissioners for Stanford. “For one, we have always believed that, as men of virtue in Stanford, we have been afforded an incredible opportunity to foster a deeper connection with the surrounding South Bend community.”
Stanford’s signature charity is the South Bend Center for the Homeless. The hall hosts regular events on behalf of center clients, including a weekly Fun Friday spent volunteering at the center, trick-or-treating at Stanford for Halloween, and donating proceeds from other endeavors, like Stanford’s signature event, the Irish Iron Classic weight-lifting competition.
Each December Stanford men go Christmas caroling through the women’s residence halls on North Quad, soliciting donations for the Center for the Homeless. It’s an event that is equal parts fellowship and service, strengthening Stanford as a community.