“Each of us must rededicate ourselves to serving the common good. We are a community. Our individual fates are linked; our futures intertwined; and if we act in that knowledge and in that spirit together, as the Bible says:
‘We can move mountains.’”
– Jimmy Carter
And this is the legacy that VVC ’14-’15 has left behind – their palpable sense of community. And ti was not confined to the VVC house, but it spread…
To the staff and volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul’s Outreach Center;
To the Conferences and Mentors who supported and walked with them along the way;
To me – and to my little boys, who always ask about their “SVDP friends.”
They cared deeply – about each other; about their neighbors in need and the ways they responded; and about the world, wanting to leave it a better place.
They engaged fully – diving in to their work at the Outreach Center, leaving a mark on the programs with which they worked; participating in their Conferences as they made home visits and engaged in fellowship with the Vincentians; and even in community dinner – I don’t’ think they cooked the same meal twice all year!
And they moved mountains – even if only in our little corner of the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati. Their Vincentian Spirit has left a lasting mark on all those whose paths they crossed.
And the gift of VVC is that, even as we sadly say goodbye, we have only a short while to wait, with anticipation, to welcome the next group of Vincentian Volunteers, and see the mark these young adults will leave on our hearts and on the world.
Interested in a year of service in Cincinnati with VVC? Check us out: www.SVDPcincinnati.org/VVC
Maura Carpinello, VVC Program Manager, has the great pleasure of holding a space for Vincentian Volunteers in which they can build community and move mountains. And her boys really love their St. Vincent de Paul friends.