SFC extends an official warm welcome to three seniors from Loyola High School who will be volunteering for the month of January!

Every year, Loyola H.S. seniors spend the first month of the year volunteering at nonprofits as a part of their senior service project. SFC has been a proud host of students for many years in a row now.

Please keep reading to get to know Graham, Oscar, and Diego!

From Left to Right: Graham, Oscar, and Diego

Why did you choose to do your Senior Service Project at St. Francis Center?

Graham: I had been volunteering through my church beforehand. I liked the people, I was familiar with the environment and my tasks, and I enjoyed spending time at SFC in general. This meant that not only did I have a strong foundation to build off of, but also meant I could focus on any tasks rather than be distracted by foreign nuances. I

Diego: I wanted to engage with a new community that is different from a school setting. The interactions and stories heard at SFC will enrich me as a person and further motivate me to do good for others.

Oscar: I wanted to have a new and meaningful experience outside of my school setting, while also choosing a place where I would truly be put to work and be instilled a rigorous work ethic.

From Left to Right: Graham, Oscar, and Diego wrapping gifts for our pantry program families.

What are you looking forward to most about this experience? And what do you hope to get out of this experience?

Graham: I am hoping to help. I’m here to help people less fortunate than I am to show them a bit of Christian love. I’m not looking for a revelation, nor am I trying to find Jesus, I’m simply following and attempting to act upon the corporal works of mercy.

Diego: I am looking forward to learning how a soup kitchen operates. I also look forward to serving the marginalized. I hope to gain diligence and continue my motivation to help those in need.

Oscar: I am truly looking forward to feeding as many people and families as possible, and truly give back to my community. I am hoping to gain a center where I may come back to, even after the service project is over.

What do you like to do for fun? Are you involved with any clubs or extracurricular activities at Loyola?

Graham: I work for the school newspaper, The Loyalist, I am on the congressional debate team, I am president of the French club, and I am an Eagle Scout.

Diego: At Loyola, I do Hannon Theather, Casa Manresa, Big Brothers, Finer Things Club, and Kino Border Initiative. I love to travel and experience new things that push me out of my comfort zone.

Oscar: For fun, I like to play music and improve my piano and drumming skills. In school, I am involved in numerous clubs, but the few that stand out the most would be: Casa Manresa (an immigration clinic), band, robotics, and the Pedro Arrupe Leadership Team.

What are your plans after graduating from Loyola?

Graham: I will be attending university and will receive a bachelor’s in Business and a JD in law.

Diego: My plans after graduating Loyola is to continue my education at either a 4-year university or attend a junior college and then transfer. I also plan to continue doing service and looking for opportunities to travel.

Oscar: Once I graduate from Loyola, I plan to continue my education and pursue a career in the psychological field. I currently am not sure where I will be attending college, but I strive to make it into UCLA.

Please help us welcome Graham, Diego, and Oscar!

Come volunteer with Graham, Oscar, and Diego!

Available shifts:

– Wednesday, January 22: Breakfast (7:00 – 9:15 am, 6 volunteers)

– Thursday, January 23: Breakfast (7:00 – 9:15 am, 3 volunteers)

– Thursday, January 23: Pantry (9:30 am – 12:15 pm, 10 volunteers)

If you are interested in Serving Hope, contact Danielle, volunteer@sfcla.org or 213.747.5347 x 111.

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