Student Service through BuildOn

Richards Career Academy’s BuildOn students volunteering at The Port Ministries’ gift wrapping social. (Photo Courtesy: The Port Ministries Facebook Page)

Richards Career Academy’s BuildOn students volunteering at The Port Ministries’ gift wrapping social. (Photo Courtesy: The Port Ministries Facebook Page)

Richards Career Academy High School students in Back of the Yards had the great opportunity to serve at two senior citizen homes and Port Ministries during the holiday break. These opportunities helped to bring in some holiday cheer to the beautiful Back of The Yards, Uptown, and Englewood community.

Freshman students served at Levy Senior Center in Uptown. They engaged with senior residents in Zumba, served a delicious hot breakfast to them, and facilitated a friendly game of bingo with prizes for winners.

Senior students served at Vivian Carter Apartments in Englewood. They served breakfast to residents, played bingo with residents, and facilitated an arts and crafts activity with ornaments.

Zenobia Finney from Vivian Carter apartments said some profound words as she thanked our students for their service. She discussed the impact that young people have on senior citizens to help improve their sense of purpose. And how spending time serving people can transform how we view one another and challenge stereotypes. The young people and senior citizens gained a more profound understanding that we all want the same things-joy, excitement, adventure and not to be limited based on our appearance or age. She said she believed students began to realize that while serving at the senior centers.

Students also served at Port Ministries to help wrap presents for their annual gift wrapping party. Hundreds of presents were thoughtfully picked out and wrapped to be given away to families, who are weighed down by the burden of not being able to provide Christmas presents for their children. Through BuildOn, students discussed the importance of impact and ways to continue to bring joy and hope during the holidays and beyond.