Member schools of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities joined forces across the United States to provide service and outreach to the communities they serve. Various days of service were held around the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
The association includes 24 member colleges and universities serving more than 50,000 students. Service has been a part of the Franciscan tradition from its earliest days and continues to be a significant component of Franciscan higher education.
Service projects ranged in size and scope from providing lunch for homebound senior citizens to painting and landscaping projects for underprivileged areas to community social events. Unique projects include organizing a professional clothing closet for U.S. Veterans seeking employment, harvesting over 40,000 pounds of potatoes for a local food bank, and building a home through Habitat for Humanity. Several schools served meals at homeless shelters, organized food drives and helped to staff food pantries.
Service activities featured cooperation with approximately 150 service agencies, over 3,000 participating volunteers and over 20,000 hours of service.