Service in the community is business as usual for many offices and departments in Notre Dame. This is the case with the Finance Division. Lending a helping hand reflects the Catholic character and the institutional mission of the University.
“Serving others is what Jesus did”, comments Mark Zeese, a business process program manager in accounting operations. “What is essential is that it can be in the smallest of ways. It doesn’t always have to be big home runs, right? But on a small scale, look at how you can make someone else’s life better.
Recently, the division’s community service committee has organized several service opportunities and the staff has stepped up.
In September, the division’s 92 employees were split into three teams who participated in a fundraising challenge for the Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger food drive. The challenge generated over $ 1,600 to contribute to the University’s total collection of nearly $ 28,000.
This month, seven employees volunteered with Cultivate Culinary to prepare 394 meals for children in food insecure households. These children can bring home healthy lunch backpacks from school on weekends.
Also this month, the division partnered with Catholic Charities and Real Services to provide holiday gifts to 40 children and 40 seniors in the area.
And division employees also volunteer at the Center for the Homeless and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana several times a year.
These service opportunities bring together the employees of the Finance Division to do what the founder of the University, Reverend Edward Sorin, CSC, imagined Notre Dame would do: be a force for good in the world.