Tuesday, December 12, 2023

How a soup kitchen is good for the resumé

 Want to know how students in Marisa Cardillo’s senior seminar class learn to add depth to their resume?

They volunteer at Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen.

Marisa is an English teacher at Sauquoit Valley High School.

“We create resumes in this class early in the year and I noticed that much of the service experiences revolve around putting in the time here, close to home, with many familiar faces,” she noted. “I wanted to expose them to what it means to serve marginalized, often overlooked or forgotten groups within our greater community.”

So, in 2017, she reached out to the soup kitchen as well as a nursing home. Her class has been making an annual trip ever since.

Sauquoit Valley students at soup kitchen
Photo provided by Marisa Cardillo

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Irish Fun That Does Some Good

Pat McGrath
Pat McGrath
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not only about celebrating Irish culture, where “a ton of people” have fun, but also about getting together “to do some good” and “affect people’s lives.”

That’s how parade co-director Pat McGrath described the donation of food and money to Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen on Wednesday, March 22.

McGrath, along with parade food drive co-chairs Bernie Adorino and Chris Hoke, presented an oversized check to kitchen manager Mike Pilat, representing $2,000 that the parade raised for the soup kitchen (some $1,600 in cash from spectators and another $400 from a private donor).