If there is one thing most Gibbons Alumni agree on, it’s this: Living out the call to serve remains an aspiration long after they graduate.
Such acts of kindness, big and small, abound. One recent example is alumni service day, which took place on July 15th. That is when 12 Gibbons Alumni gave up a Monday morning to help staff the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen in downtown Raleigh. From 8 AM to noon these alumni, representing classes 2000 to 2019, rolled up their shirt sleeves and donned aprons to prepare and serve lunch to the less fortunate.
"As a high school student, I enjoyed being able to give back. As an adult, it was even more meaningful,” said Madison Murphy Doss ’10.
Staffing the soup kitchen every Monday is a time-honored Gibbons tradition. It is one many who served this July day fondly remember.
Just ask Madison Murphy Doss ’10. “As a high school student, I enjoyed being able to give back. As an adult, it was even more meaningful,” said Madison. “Not only did I get to connect with other alumni, but I was reminded of how incredibly fortunate I am and how important it is to give back to those who don’t have what I have.”
T’lez Foulkes ’19 added: “I always look forward to the opportunity to serve others. The alumni service day at the soup kitchen … was a great way to meet new people who have my shared Gibbons history.”
Offering an alumni day of service also is becoming its own school tradition. To be sure, several such days have been and are being planned throughout the year, noted Jennifer Pinna ’00, chair of alumni service. The next alumni day of service is slated for December 16th, she said.
Associate Director of Alumni Advancement Susan Leigh ’87 added that service days also are about alumni gathering in fellowship with one another and remaining connected with Gibbons. Mindful of that, she said some of the alumni who participated in the July 15th day of service, joined her for lunch at a restaurant close to the soup kitchen.
“Incredibly,” explained Leigh, “our server was a Gibbons alum!”