A 48-Hour Glimpse of Students With A Vision
Students With A Vision (SWAV), St. John Fisher College's student volunteer organization, managed to pack a lot of community service into just 48 hours on Sunday, February 13 and Monday, February 14.
While most people were winding down their weekend, students in SWAV were just getting started. Bright and early Sunday morning, SWAV helped kick off the Gilda's Walk for Wellness at Greece Ridge Mall for the Gilda's Club of Rochester.
At the event, SWAV helped sell raffle tickets, and also assisted setting up numerous booths, including a face painting exhibit from the Seneca Park Zoo and the "Be the Match National Bone Marrow Donor" booth, where people could sign up to become bone marrow donors.
"Our favorite part was getting a chance to meet the wide variety of people who wanted to make a difference," said Morgan Martin, a SWAV officer. "From Rosco the Clown to Rochester natives, it was obvious everyone was there for the same reason."
All profits from the event went to the Gilda's Club Noogieland and Camp Open Arms, a special place for children whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
Later in the day, SWAV headed over to Charlotte Beach to participate in the 11th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics! SWAV members raised money for the event and joined hundreds of others when they jumped into the freezing waters of Lake Ontario! Some came with face paint, and some came in costume, but they all took the plunge. And in the 34 degree weather, the SWAV members didn't just wade, they dove in. Collectively, Team Fisher raised $600.00 for the cause.
And finally, on Valentine's Day, SWAV continued to spread some love when they hosted a Sweetheart Ball at The Friendly Home, a nursing care and rehabilitation facility. They dressed up, they danced, and students Amanda Norton and Mike Thomas served as the DJs. Over 50 residents attended, along with some of their family members.
"We had so many members participate and you could tell they were just having a blast. The students did a great job of reaching out and engaging them," said Amy Flinn, Communications Coordinator, The Friendly Home.