Bright orange t-shirts could be seen all over the Palos Heights area on Saturday, April 28. The shirts were worn by 85 Trinity students, faculty, and other members of the Palos community serving at the 10th annual Love Palos, a community service event.
Students chose from nine different projects including donation sorting at Pass It On Thrift Store and cleaning projects at Providence Life Services, the Navajo Hills neighborhoods, a public pool, and around Trinity’s campus.
“Love Palos lets you have the opportunity to share God’s love with people around the community,” said Noah Reardanz ’12 of Manteno, Illinois. “I think it is what we are called to do here at Trinity.”
Other students traveled to Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois, where they set up for a food pantry and an event at the ministry’s boxing club.
Members of the Trinity community were not the only ones who helped at the event. The Navajo Hills Neighborhood Association also served along with a group of seven middle school students from Circle Urban Ministries. These students have been involved in Trinity’s pre-college program and worked on a project at Lake Katherine Nature Preserve spreading mulch and removing invasive plant species.
Around 30 members of the interfaith service group, Building Bridges, Building Community, also worked with Trinity students along the Cal-Sag River trail as they cleared trees and removed garbage.
“Love Palos highlights not only the benefits of service, but also how we can further strengthen ties to our community by serving together,” said Carrie Timmermans ’11, who works in the College’s Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning, sponsor of the event.