SFU Serves Community on RED Day


The University community came together to serve various groups and organizations in the surrounding area as a part of the Reaching-Every-Door Day of Service on Oct. 4.

The service activities that various students, faculty and staff participated in on RED Day demonstrated the Franciscan value of serving one another.

Classes operated under a condensed schedule on RED Day and concluded in early afternoon in order to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to spend the remainder of the day serving in various ways across the area.

RED Day has been celebrated annually since October of 2011. This day of service – held each year on the Feast of Saint Francis – was established by 2013 SFU graduate Lauren Wingard.

The campus community served in a variety of ways in Loretto, Cresson, Ebensburg, Gallitzin and other towns surrounding SFU.

Lori Schrift, Facilities Coordinator for the Center for Student Engagement, was one of the leaders in organizing RED Day activities.

SFU’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority that was chartered on campus 50 years ago – in 1972 – helped organize the day of service in collaboration with the Center for Student Engagement staff.

“RED Day greatly impacts our community,” said Alexzya Bjornberg, Service Vice President of Gamma Sigma Sigma. “It is very rewarding to see students come together.

“God calls us to be servants and this day gives us the chance to dedicate a day to giving back,” said the occupational therapy major.

More than 400 members of the University community participated in 2022 RED Day activities.

These groups included sports teams, sororities and fraternities and various campus clubs and organizations.