By Beth Kloyda, Alumni Association

The Alumni Association thanks the many volunteers who made this fall’s Community Cleanup its most successful ever. Students, staff and alumni gathered to help St. Thomas’ neighbors by raking the lawns of elderly residents and neighbors with disabilities on Oct. 23.

About 150 volunteers raked at 34 homes, including the Deva House, a large Summit Avenue home that provides respite and hospice care for terminally ill children.

Thank you to the student clubs involved: Accounting Club, American Marketing Association, Arnold Air Society, Dowling resident assistant Mary Leary and friends, Engineering Club, Financial Management Association, Gamma Sigma Sigma and Lambda Sigma Tau.

Thanks also go to the staff at St. Thomas who helped make this service project run so smoothly. Thanks to Tom Rudberg of Grounds Services who helped supply trucks and trash bags, Jerry Sweeney of Food Service who organized the luncheon for volunteers, Barb Joynson and Scott Hull of the alumni office who handled last-minute details and Viv Pritchard of the Development Office who organized a team of volunteers and aided with check-in and truck driving. Thank you so much.

We receive the names of those who need help by word of mouth and mostly from alumnus Brendan Bannigan ’89, who works for the Merriam Park Block Nurse Program. He helps to make sure that these community residents are able to live independently as long as possible.

The volunteers and some of the residents met back on campus for a noon luncheon.

Community Cleanup takes place in the fall and spring and is coordinated through the alumni office. The next cleanup will be in April 2000.

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