Besides academic rigor and critical thinking another thing … just as important … is drilled into the heads of every young man attending the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy … community service. It’s a mission and a commitment that serves our city well.
Every one of the 900 young men attending U of D Jesuit spent today (October 6) sprucing up Fort Wayne and Belle Isle landmarks and serving at Cass Community Social Services, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Palmer Park, St. Paul Retreat, and St Raphael Orthodox Church. That’s the entire student body.
It’s part of the school’s annual student-led service project called Pledge Detroit. Now in its sixth year, it consists of students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.
“Pledge Detroit continues to be an exciting, student-led initiative which allows our students to live out our school motto, ‘Men for Others’”, says U of D Jesuit President, Fr. Karl Kiser, S.J. “With service to the community being an important aspect of the unique student experience at U of D Jesuit, what better way for our students to demonstrate their commitment to the community than to give back to the city where U of D Jesuit has resided since 1877.”
Pledge Detroit is the school’s approach to student fundraising. Instead of asking for money or selling raffle tickets, students collect pledges for student activities and co-curricular programs. In return the students clean up and volunteer.
This year, more than 5,000 man-hours will be donated towards cleaning up Detroit, with the work being done between 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at various locations. Since its inception, the U of D Jesuit community has given almost 30,000 hours of service to Detroit through its Pledge Detroit initiative.
Pledge Detroit is just one of the many community service activities students participate in during the year. They are also involved in weekly Senior Service program at schools, hospitals, hospices, and centers for the aged and less fortunate, monthly Focus: HOPE food delivery service to the elderly, an annual collaboration with Gleaners Food Bank and its “Mountain of Food” competition, and a pallbearer service for the marginalized and homeless veterans.