Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/9/12
From Press Release
Arcadia University’s women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams recently teamed up to participate in three community service initiatives within the greater Philadelphia area.
Most recently, in conjunction with the women’s basketball game against Rosemont College, the teams collected new toys and clothing as well as canned goods for those less fortunate which were then donated to ENON Tabernacle Baptist Church in nearby Philadelphia for distribution over the holiday season.
In November, members of both teams, working in conjuction with Greater Philadelphia Cares, served as the water captains during the Rothman Institue 8K. The teams kept the water station stocked and passed along filled cups to the participants in the marathon at the only water stop which was located along Kelly Drive.
In early December, both squads, under the direction of head coach Erin Livingston, spent an evening on campus preparing meals for Aid for Friends, a Frail, Elderly Outreach Center. This is the second consecutive year the two teams have lent a hand to Aid for Friends.
Aid for Friends was chosen by the teams, not only because of the group’s local ties, but because of their mission. The not-for-profit organization serves needy, isolated shut-ins, primarily the frail elderly, in the 5 county greater Philadelphia Region with free, daily home-cooked meals, delivered weekly by empathic volunteer visitors, and also provides shut-ins with free outreach services. The goal is to help homebound “client/friends” maintain their cherished independence by supporting their determination to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to enhance their quality of life.
“We liked the fact that Aid for Friends helps the elderly population by providing meals to those who have trouble getting food on their own,” said Livingston. “We thought it was very generous of this organization to not only donate their time to organize food drop offs, but the volunteers also spend time with each client, building friendships with them.”
“Junior Lynn Beatty, a forward on the field hockey team, was a major leader of the project,” adds Livingston. “She brought the idea to me last year, and both teams were excited to remain involved and continue to provide our support again this year. Both teams had fun cooking the meals together and it helped them appreciate some things that they may take for granted.”
The teams gathered in Knight Residence Hall in order to prepare the food and after all of the cooking, stirring and baking was done, 75 meals were ready to be delivered. Nearly 200 meals have been prepared by the teams since their involvement with the organization began in 2010.