Events culminate in ‘Clean-Up’

More than 1,400 Marquette students have volunteered to participate in the biggest annual service event on campus — Hunger Clean-Up.

Hunger Clean-Up is a campus-wide event intended to gather grants for community organizations and involve students in volunteer opportunities at about 100 sites throughout the city of Milwaukee.

Students will help with meal programs, housing initiatives, neighborhood clean-ups and other service activities, according to Dave Borgealt, assistant dean for community service programs.

Senior Gretchen Sauvey, a political science major, and junior Lori Rogers, a communication studies major, are the two student co-coordinators for this year's Hunger Clean-Up. They believe the event serves as a reminder of Marquette's objective of being men and women for others.

"It's a good sort of introduction to service," Sauvey said. "A lot of people aren't sure they want to do service or that's something they're interested in. It's another way to demonstrate Marquette's commitment to service. Because it is people coming together, it helps sort of reinforce the people who are already committed to doing service."

There are two parts to this annual program — fund raising and service.

"It's not only fund raising and community-building, but awareness for people as well," Rogers said. "It's important to remember reflection that goes along with the service that you're doing — that you can do service and taking the time to step back and see why you're doing the services."

The event has raised between $7,000 and $8,000 so far and money is still coming in.

The Advocates of Ozaukee, Christ Child's Society, and St. Catherine's Women's Shelter are the three organizations receiving funds this year.