SLmlkThe winds shifted and bad weather was moving in, but the students at the St. Louis Job Corps Center did not want to give up their community service project at the local Ronald McDonald House.

The original plan was to rake up several acres of leaves and sweep all the porches and decks that surround the 5,000-square-foot house. This was not meant to be. Upon arrival the staff stated that our crew was to be reassigned due to the weather.

The students were instead tasked to vacuum all three floors and three stairwells, as well as clean the kitchen. Undaunted and ready for hard work students Zach Ruthert, Marland Carothers, Jerrod Crowley, and Marc Townson jumped into action. Culinary Arts students Marc and Marland quickly volunteered to focus on the kitchen. Zach took Jerrod to wipe down all the door handles, railings and vacuum the floors.

In just two hours our students completed all the tasks.

“I feel like I am doing something to really help others” Zach said as he swept the floors in the 36-person dining room.

The students would like to keep volunteering at the location. They even talked about volunteering to come over and cook in the evenings for those staying at the house.

“Service does not stop on just one day,” Marc said, “It is something we must do whenever we can.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay while their children are undergoing medical treatment at a St. Louis-area hospital.