Menlo College Athletes Give to a Community in Need

Menlo College athletes give to a community in need

In the midst of training for the upcoming fall sports season recently, Menlo College student-athletes and their coaches took time to give to a community in need. Over two days, they volunteered to help the St. Vincent de Paul San Francisco Shelter, which relies heavily on volunteers to serve more than 1,000 people in need every day.

Members of Menlo’s soccer, volleyball and cross country teams assembled and delivered bagged lunches, washed laundry, cleaned beds, and provided other assistance with the shelter’s daily operations.

“It was humbling to see how many people wait in line just hoping for a bed for the night. It was also inspiring to work alongside the team at St. Vincent de Paul, who dedicate their lives to fighting homelessness in San Francisco,” said cross country head coach Dan Noel. “As coaches, we were so proud of our athletes’ engagement and investment in this experience.”

The idea for this project came from the department’s commitment to provide student-athletes with a well-rounded approach to the intercollegiate athletics experience. Each student-athlete completes 30 hours of community service each year.

“Lending a hand at St. Vincent de Paul was a great experience for the athletes and coaches alike,” said men’s soccer head coach Eric Bucchere. “It helped us understand the bigger picture about being part of the Menlo family and the larger Bay Area Community. We felt like one Menlo team, making a difference in a positive way on the lives of people in need.”

Head women’s soccer coach Keith Lambert agreed. “St. Vincent de Paul is a fantastic organization doing some much needed work and we were happy to help them that day.”