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Citizen Katies accomplish great feats on day of service

As a chorus of sawing and nail pounding went on around her, Theresa Comer '02 explained how her day of service couldn't get any more personal. Ten years ago she and her husband purchased a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity home. She's volunteered with Habitat ever since. This time, with St. Catherine University.

"I get to bring together my passion for St. Kate's with my passion for Habitat in one incredible day," she says.

Comer is one of over 250 students, alumnae, staff and faculty who joined forces Saturday, Oct. 20 for Citizen Katie Day, volunteering at 10 different sites throughout the Twin Cities.

A joint effort between Community Work and Learning, Residence Life, Student Center and Activities and the Office of Alumnae Relations, this is the first year that alumnae volunteered side-by-side with students.

“We cleared buckthorn, we packaged food and made sandwiches, we cleaned parks and activity rooms, we put trim on windows.  In rich Katie tradition, we invested today to make a difference for tomorrow. I am already looking forward to next year’s event,” said Kate Seng ’84, chair of the Alumnae Council Volunteer Service Committee.

Some of the day’s achievements included:

  • Packaging 2409 pounds of food, or 1853 meals, at Second Harvest Heartland.
  • Installing kitchen cabinets, flooring and window trim at a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity home.
  • Unloading furniture and household goods and prepping bedding for hundreds of low-income families at Bridging.
  • Removing Buckthorn and watering freshly planted saplings at the Coldwater Spring Restoration Project.

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Oct. 23, 2012 by Sharon Rolenc

See also: Alumnae/i, Leadership, Social Justice, Students