Fisher Students Give Back Through Service Saturdays

October 23, 2017

Waking up early on the weekend does not come easy for undergraduates, but for nearly 90 St. John Fisher College students, spending their Saturday mornings participating in service was worth it.

Students spent one Service Saturday digging up last season’s sprouts and planting new flowers for next spring at the Maplewood Rose Garden.

A First Generation Scholar, James Nguyen is one of the students who spent many of his early Saturday mornings giving back to the community through Service Saturdays.

“What I enjoy the most out of them is the feeling you get when you’re finished. Realizing the impact you’ve made in the time when you usually sleep in,” said Nguyen.

A six-week post-orientation initiative now in its third year, Service Saturdays encourages the Fisher community to “give where you live” by providing a helping hand at the non-profits in the Rochester area.

A junior, Nguyen has been participating in Service Saturdays since his freshman year, his favorite being the Ganondagen State Historic Site.

“Ganondagen was the most fun,” said Nguyen. “The volunteers not only got a small history lesson, but we were also able to shoot arrows and throw spears in order to understand the games created for the kids.”

Junior Amor Lewis spent her Service Saturday digging up last season’s sprouts and planting new flowers for next spring at the Maplewood Rose Garden. Even with this being Lewis’ first Service Saturday, she says that Service Saturdays are the best service opportunities she has had since high school.

“I love Service Saturdays because you get to explore the Rochester community with a group of your fellow students,” said Lewis. “You build friendships while giving back to the neighborhood around you.”

Nguyen, who also attended the Maplewood Rose Garden, agreed.

“Not only are they a great way to get involved in your community, but they also give you the chance to meet new faces,” he said.

Other Service Saturdays offered this semester included work for Habitat for Humanity, Foodlink, Bethany House, Ronald McDonald Household Sale, and Mount Hope Cemetery Clean-Up.

“I just love the idea of spreading good around the community, especially as a Fisher student,” said Lewis. “It’s such a satisfying experience; makes me proud to be a part of the Fisher family.”