Trocaire Students, Employees Band Together to Serve Children’s Guild Foundation

Members of the Trocaire community, 20 in all, had the privilege of serving more than 300 people (many of whom were severely disabled and special needs individuals) at Heritage Centers in Cheektowaga, on behalf of the Children’s Guild Foundation (CGF), on July 25.

The CGF is dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs in Western New York through funding support and advocacy programs within healthcare, research, education and therapeutic recreation. This year, the organization held a “Picnic Spectacular” at Heritage Centers, whose mission is supporting children and adults with disabilities, and their families, in achieving their desired quality of life by creating opportunities through comprehensive services.

The Trocaire team was in charge of food and beverages, where Don Spasiano, associate dean of the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business, assigned “crews” for various tasks.

“Our team included service learning students who came away with an understanding of mentally and physically-challenged individuals,as well as enhanced leadership, teamwork, and communication skills,” said Pam Jablonicky, coordinator of Service Learning. “The Mercy Mission was on display as they showed compassion, dignity, and hospitality to those they served.”

Thank you to the following individuals who did an outstanding job serving in the community: Serving learning students Krystal McMahon (BS/N); Morgan Breski (Nutrition & Dietetics); J’Andrea Mason (Hospitality Management); Sarah Ehlers, Julia Schipani, Laura Karwick, Kristen Cirelli, Cara Wesolowski, Desiree Pinkert, Jess Miller, and Brianna Yaeger (Radiologic Technology); employees Niki Klem, Linda Kerwin, Heather Thompson (and her children Brayden and Alycia), Ann Piorkowski, and Amy Breski (and her son William). A special thank you to  Spasiano, who served as on-site coordinator.