STANDISH---Although it is graduation season at universities and colleges across the country, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine had its focus on service on Friday, May 18.
Twelve teams of faculty, staff, and alumni headed out to volunteer at eleven community partners in six different towns on the annual Beth Auger Day of Service (additional pictures below). With core values that place service and community at its center, the college commemorates this commitment by donating hundreds of hours of volunteer service in one day. The annual tradition took on a special meaning in 2017 when Dr. Beth Auger, a faculty member in the Department of Science, passed away unexpectedly and the day was renamed in her honor.
“There was a powerful response by the college community last year in the days and weeks following the unexpected passing of Dr. Beth Auger, including many efforts to recognize the significant ways she impacted the college and local community,” said Michael Sanderl, vice president & chief sponsorship and mission integration officer for the college. “It was Saint Joseph's College President, Dr. Jim Dlugos, who initiated the renaming the event to remember, honor, and celebrate Dr. Auger's spirit of care, dedication, and service.”
The list of Saint Joseph’s College’s Beth Auger Day of Service site locations were Camp Sunshine (Casco), Catholic Charities Maine’s Threads of Hope (Portland), Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore (Portland), the Maine Society for the Protection of Animals (Windham), November’s Harvest Farm (Limington), Pine Root Farms (Steep Falls), Preble Street Resource Center (Portland), Raymond Beautification Committee (Raymond), Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center (Windham), Ronald McDonald House (Portland), and Wayside Food Salvage (Portland).
Volunteers wore t-shirts adorned with a quote ("We must strive to do ordinary things extraordinarily well") attributed to Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley.