After a "working" weekend supporting the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team in Tallahassee, Florida, 60 members of the 380-member Notre Dame Marching Band spent part of their return trip to South Bend with Catholic Charities of Tennessee early this week.
Breaking into three groups, the Band members provided their time, enthusiasm, and talents to assist with program needs at OutSOURCE ReSOURCE (the agency's job training program), Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry, and the Adult Day Program.
"This is a good way to give back," said Anna Bosler, a senior from southwest Michigan. With the students being on fall break, "this is perfect timing to do service." This is the second year in a row that the group has stopped to spend part of their fall break with Catholic Charities.
At OutSOURCE ReSOURCE, band members had a chance to have first-hand experience with some of the jobs that the program's employee/clients perform on a regular basis. The program's employee/clients include recently arrived refugees and others seeking a foot back in the labor market.
The Loaves and Fishes team was helping with work in the kitchen and assisting with sorting donated materials.
Adult Day Program clients were treated to an entertaining - and toe tapping! - concert of beautiful music, some church-based and some "main stream". These musicians can sing, too!
"It's cool to give back through our music," shared Nick Munsen, a sophomore from Tucson, Arizona.
Erin Celeste, a senior from Syracuse, New York, agreed. "It is special to do something that is simple to us, but so meaningful" to the Adult Day Program clients.
Prior to arriving in Nashville, the group spent time helping out in Birmingham, Alabama. Before returning to South Bend and the resumption of fall semester classes, they will spend some time in Louisville, Kentucky, to help out there, too.