Katies give back at Citizen Katie

“Whatever you’re going to do in your life… you can do good work there,” said President Roloff, at the opening program of Citizen Katie.

October 15, 2016 marks the day that 350 current St. Kate’s students and alumni came together to make a difference in many areas of our community. Katies went to sort food at food shelves around the Twin Cities, created medical supply kits and snack packs for homeless children, laid turf with Habitat for Humanity, and worked to support many other local charities to help people around Minnesota who have needs to be filled.

The Wheel staff attended as a group and stayed on the St. Paul campus creating snack packs with The Alley Shop, run by Pam Wiehe and later moved to the ceramics studio in the St. Kate’s Art Building to create bowls out of clay to support Empty Bowls.

Citizen Katie participants finding a work space and getting ready to make bowls of their own!

Citizen Katie participants finding a work space and getting ready to make bowls of their own!

A bowl just finished for Empty Bowls.

A bowl just finished for Empty Bowls.

The Wheel and Residence Life, as well as other campus organizations, current students, and alumnae came together to do important work that will affect many people in the community. Citizen Katies also help those in need around the Twin Cities and the greater Minnesota and Wisconsin area.

“It’s likely most of us won’t leave St. Kate’s to go and work for a non-profit organization.  But no matter what field we end up going into after graduation, there is always a way to do good in our community.” Said President Roloff during the opening program.

Every year there are many students and alumnae who choose to come together for Citizen Katie, though their reasons why differs. Some come with their residence halls and RAs, some come for their Reflective Woman class.

Some of The Wheel staff putting together Snack Packs for the Alley Shop. From front to back: Libbie Mitchell '19, Emma Hargreaves '17, and Sarah Borgen '19

Some of The Wheel staff putting together Snack Packs for the Alley Shop. From front to back: Libbie Mitchell ’19, Emma Hargreaves ’17, and Sarah Borgen ’19

“I wanted to have a volunteer experience on campus,” said Libbie Mitchell, ‘19.

Mitchell, who is part of The Wheel staff, sought out the sense of community that often comes with serving with other Katies. Working alongside your fellow students and co-workers brings creates a sense of community that is hard to recreate outside of friendships and working relationships. That’s one of the reasons Citizen Katie is so meaningful to St. Kate’s students.

Citizen Katie is designed to be more than just a day of service.  The organizations who come to facilitate service also seek to inform us of those they serve and increase awareness. After listening to a representative from St. Paul Public Schools, one of the bigger recipients of snack packs provided by the Alley Shop, Mitchell’s awareness of homelessness increased.

“You realize how much just a little bit helps,” said Mitchell.

According to St. Catherine University Alumnae Relations, with just a couple hours of work, 2,632 pounds of food were packed through Second Harvest Heartland, 55 pottery bowls were made for Empty Bowls on campus, snacks were created for 400 students in need, and tons of weeds and invasive plants were removed from places like St. Joseph’s children’s home and parks around the metro area. It’s amazing what work can be done when so many people serve a community at once and in such a short amount of time.

Photos for Citizen Katie are still be collected in an album.  If you’d like to share your pictures with Alumae Relations, email your photos to news@stkate.edu. Don’t forget to include your name!

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