Record Number of Volunteers for MRO 2018

Just one week after registration opened for the 11th annual Maryville Reaches Out (MRO) day of service, over 1,400 volunteer students, alumni, faculty and staff had signed up for an opportunity to give back in the greater St. Louis community.

MRO was held Tuesday, Sept. 18. Each year on this day, all students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to share their time and talent in service to the community. Participants engage in a wide variety of service opportunities in and around St. Louis.

Organizers expected record participation for the event.

“The love and support Maryville students, staff, faculty and alumni have for the St. Louis community is one of the strongest attributes to the success of MRO.”

“Maryville Reaches Out has shown continuous growth for the past 10 years,” says Brittany Pomilee, student coordinator of Maryville Reaches Out. “We fully expect to see the volunteer record surpassed again.”

Volunteers will perform landscape work at various locations, take residents of Delmar Gardens West to the Saint Louis Zoo, bag pet food for the Bi-State Food Pantry, tackle a painting project at Emmaus Homes and more.

“The love and support Maryville students, staff, faculty and alumni have for the St. Louis community is one of the strongest attributes to the success of MRO,” says Pomilee, a junior pre-med student. “Being a volunteer and the student coordinator of MRO is quite humbling. The hard work and dedication of each volunteer and participating organization astounds me.”

In 2017, more than 1,300 volunteers donated over 4,200 hours working on 109 projects in the community, setting new highs for the number of projects and hours served.

“MRO is a day that exemplifies what it means to be ‘One Team, One Family’ — like our Maryville slogan implies,” says Kathy Quinn, dean of students. “It makes me proud to be a member of Saints Nation.”

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