MAYWOOD, IL – In the spirit of shared Ignatian values, more than 100 volunteers from Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and Loyola University Health System (LUHS) completed service projects in Maywood on Saturday, July 30, in honor of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
“Ignatius taught us to use our values in service to humanity,” said John Hardt, vice president, mission integration. “It is our honor and duty to give back to the community where we work, study and treat patients, body and soul.”
Volunteers from LUC’s Health Sciences Division and LUHS completed a variety of projects, including painting, planting and cleaning. To start the day, the participants gathered at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, where they listened to reflections from Hardt, Marcius Scaggs, Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization, and Heidi Renteria, Maywood Fine Arts.
Volunteers worked at the following sites:
- Maywood Fine Arts
- St. Eulalia Catholic Church/Quinn Community Center
- Housing Forward
- Mission of Our Lady of the Angels
- Urban Garden Connection
The day of service capped a two-day celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius at both LUC and LUMC and was done in conjunction with the University's Ignatian Service Days. University faculty and staff at the Lakeside campuses also served at Misericordia and Eugene Field Elementary School in Rogers Park.