Campus chaplain gives a sendoff

Giving back: 100 Aurora University students perform community-service projects

AURORA, Ill., April 9, 2022 — 100 Aurora University students and professors gave back to the community Saturday, April 9.

AU’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action and Circle K Club sponsored an 11th annual spring Morning of Service from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers–about 100 students and four professors with some spouses–performed indoor and outdoor community-service projects at sites in Aurora. Hosting volunteers were Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry community garden, 834 N. Highland Ave.; Mutual Ground domestic violence shelter, 418 Oak St.; Wayside Cross Ministries Hope Chest resale store, 36 N. Lincoln Ave.; and Phillips Park Zoo, 1000 Ray Moses Drive.

Activities opened with registration, refreshments and a group photo at the Hill Center for Student Success. With a sendoff from Rev. Mark Woolfington, campus chaplain and Wackerlin Center director, teams of students departed for their assignments.

An annual fall Morning of Service is held in the first semester.

One of the community-service projects at Phillips Park.
With Elk looking on in background, Aurora University Spanish professor Denise Hatcher, right, helps clean up Aurora’s Phillips Park Zoo Saturday, April 9. (Sylvia Springer/Aurora University photo)
one of the community-service projects at Hope Chest.
Aurora University student Michael Joanau of Burbank, Calif., cleans windows at Wayside Cross Ministries’ Hope Chest store in Aurora Saturday, April 9. (Al Benson photo)










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Al Benson
Freelance Photo-Journalist

Al Benson is an Aurora-based freelance photo-journalist. He is currently an archives research specialist at Aurora University. His work has appeared in The Voice, The Daily Herald, The Beacon-News, and the Chicago Tribune.

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