Trinity Shows Palos Heights Some Love
Trinity devoted May 2 to showing appreciation for the city of Palos Heights with the annual Love Palos service event. Approximately 100 students, staff, and faculty participated in the event, enjoying the time of fellowship and the opportunity to give back to the community.
Jake DeMaster ’08, student activities coordinator, was responsible for much of the work of planning the event.
“Love Palos is an opportunity for our community to be able to give back to the neighborhoods we are in the middle of,” DeMaster said. “It is a way for us to be able to use our hands and get dirty, helping to show by our actions that we truly care for and love the community around us.”
Students divided up into work groups, tackling projects such as spring clean up at Lake Katherine, the Palos Pool, Navajo Creek, and the boulevard medians in the Navajo Hills neighborhood, and helping out at Rest Haven Central with some cleaning projects. Students from Trinity’s Rotaract Club took part in a rain barrel art project to promote the use of plastic rain barrels as a “green” practice to cut waste water and recycle rain water for home and garden use.
“Love Palos is such a great way to show appreciation for the greater community,” said student volunteer Kayla VanderMolen ’11 of Pella, Iowa. “Trinity is surrounded by such a great community. Since they do so much for us as college students, it is great to be able to give something back to them.”
This is the seventh annual Love Palos event, showing the College’s dedication to service and to the community as a whole.
“I hope that the energy and excitement that was behind this year’s event will help it to have even a greater effect next year with more people coming out to volunteer,” DeMaster said.
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