Most of us have heard the expression “Thank goodness it’s Friday!” For most, it’s a chance to kick start the weekend, but for members of Illinois State University’s Alpha Sigma Phi, Fridays are all about donning a hairnet and apron.
“Literally ever since I started doing this, I get even more excited for Fridays. I love it.”
Jerrett Dimski, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, has been volunteering with HSHM since February. The fraternity recently started helping out with Home Sweet Home’s Supper Club. Along with giving the staff a helping hand, they volunteer to ensure a nutritious meal is available to all of those who come to Home Sweet Home.
“It definitely helps the cooks. We can prepare the meal faster. We love helping out in providing a meal for that day,” says Caleb Hauer, another member of Alpha Sigma Phi.
Each semester members are required to volunteer a set amount of hours. But after spending some time with our staff and residents, it becomes less about fulfilling a requirement and more about the fulfillment that comes from helping others.
“It’s a good atmosphere to be around. Even when we’re serving people, the smiles on their faces when they see us it’s always good and then you feel good at the end of the day,” adds Caleb.
Alpha Sigma Phi does even more than just serving up meals on Fridays. When HSHM sent out a request to have the shelter’s dining center floor revitalized, the fraternity answered the call.
“We came on a Saturday night. We stripped and waxed the floor. We used the buffer. Some of the guys would get on it and hit the wall,” describes Caleb. “It was fun to watch. The floor looks nice now, though.”
The group feels that the work Home Sweet Home does is amazing and believes it is good for all members of the organization to see how we serve.
“You’re not going to regret it at all,” exclaims Jerrett. “When you leave, you’re going to feel like, ‘Wow! I actually made an impact today.’”
And their passion to serve is starting to catch on with other members of Alpha Sigma Phi.
“You guys do so much for the community, and it’s good for our guys to get out here and help serve,” adds Caleb.
Alpha Sigma Phi members have served 225 Hours since January 2017. Thank you, gentlemen for all of your hard work and dedication.
Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12