Give back during Hesburgh's month of service

Father Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a 1964 civil rights rally held in Chicago. Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Have you ever done community service to help those less fortunate than you? In honor of Father Theodore Hesburgh, president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, May is observed by many as a month of service.

Prior to his appointment as university president, Hesburgh became a priest, fulfilling a dream he had maintained his entire life. He studied in Rome, but was eventually forced to leave due to the outbreak of World War II. While in office at Notre Dame, Hesburgh vastly improved the university, raising budget, endowment, and research funds each by over $150 million. He served on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from 1957 to 1972, and led many integration rallies over that time.

For his 90th birthday in 2007, the University of Notre Dame decided to celebrate Father Hesburgh in a special way: by observing the month of May as a month of service in his honor. The idea was embraced and has inspired many to perform community service. In 2010, nearly 275 clubs and 4,600 people participated in service to help those in need.

Because community service is not very prevalent these days, I personally believe that many of us often overlook the problems we see around us, and that we should help those in need as often as possible. Even the smallest acts of kindness and volunteering are greatly appreciated. Opportunity is endless: be it with churches, clubs or any kind of organization. In the spirit of Hesburgh's Month of Service, we should all help out in our community throughout the month of May and beyond, as it is greatly appreciated by all those in need.

Phil Lally

I am a freshman at Bay High School. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.13.2014