Our relationship with Marian University changes lives

February 22, 2018

Marian students serving lunchThe following story is shared with permission from the Fond du Lac Salvation Army….

Well over two hundred students and staff have already volunteered a helping hand and the benefit of their growing expertise to help us, help others. Each semester that number grows, along with their impact. Students conduct free health risk assessments, blood pressure screenings, and stress reduction therapy. These are powerful “helps” for those who need, but can’t access regular monitoring and conversely, those who’ve never had screenings.

Sophomores introduced the “Stop and go” nutrition program into the pantry and Senior “Population Health” students built on it. Now clients are offered tasty samples with the “know-how” to create nutritious homemade meals from pantry staples.

Marian’s year-round passion to serve helps pack and distribute 15,000 lunches in summer and fed 100 clients at Thanksgiving. In winter, students and staff prepare and serve warming shelter meals with a hearty helping of health risk assessments. Now, they’re helping execute a community-wide hygiene and cleaning supply drive to stock our pantry shelves with the “necessities” clients otherwise go without.

Marian’s commitment to help us “do the most good” is a blessing.