Campus Connect students reach out to veterans

Two people holding a box wearing masks

Regina George G'20, a Campus Connect member, was inspired to give back after working as a volunteer at the Syracuse VA Medical Center last year. She missed her visits with many of the veterans she met, and wanted to find a way to stay connected with them during COVID-19 restrictions. She turned to the Lutheran Campus Ministry, which supports Campus Connect, for help. It is part of LCM's mission to connect students’ passions with service opportunities, and Chaplain Rev. Gail Riina says she was excited to support Regina's vision. They decided to send handmade cards through Campus Connect, spent an evening composing cards and letters with encouraging messages. Students strove to share thoughts from their lives and asked the veterans their perspectives about current events. Some students also made a banner, thanking them for their service and their sacrifice to preserve freedom and democracy. 

"I loved volunteering at the VA, all the veterans have amazing stories to share and are great to just hang out with," says Regina George. "I volunteered at the community living center where volunteers and family would often be the main connection with the outside world for the residents. Before the pandemic hit, we used to have outings and fun little activities, with volunteers playing the guitar, chatting with residents and conducting BINGO, among many others! I wanted to reach out to them, somehow, and making cards and writing letters is a beautiful way of doing just that. I’m glad that the Lutheran Campus Ministry helped make this happen!"