DLS Day of Service Impacts Local Churches, Non-Profits

De La Salle Collegiate faculty, staff, and students participated in a “Day of Service,” on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, providing a variety of services to area parishes, schools, and non-profit organizations. 

Mr. Ben Westphal, '16,organized the entire event, making contacts with various organizations, and organizing transportation for certain events. Students signed up in advance, so that all locations had adequate coverage.

The school’s fall sports teams – football, soccer, cross-country, and tennis - worked as a unit. 

The groups which benefitted included

  • Our Lady Queen of Apostles, setting up the weekly Soup Kitchen
  • St. Albertus, cleaning inside the church and doing yard work (cross-country)
  • St. Florian, cleaning inside the church and doing yard work
  • Rising Stars Academy (post-secondary vocational training for young adults with disabilities), gardening and other tasks
  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, cleaning, painting, other tasks
  • Rice Week Distribution, rice donated to St. Margaret’s and St. Faustina’s food banks, Gleaners
  • St. Joseph’s Shrine, cleaning inside the church, yard work (golf)
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery, clean up
  • St. Germaine School, yard work, working with students
  • St. Isaac Jogues School, yard work, working with students
  • St. Thecla School, yard work, working with students
  • St. Malachy, yard work, other tasks
  • St. Blase, yard work, other tasks
  • St. Faustina, yard work, other tasks
  • St. Lawrence School, yard work, working with students
  • De La Salle Collegiate, gardening and landscaping on the school grounds
  • St. Vincent de Paul, clothing sorting (soccer
  • St. Hyacinth, church cleaning, yard work (tennis)
  • City of Warren, clean-up along the I-696 service drive (football) 

Mr. Thaier Mukhtar, head soccer coach, led the students at the local St. Vincent de Paul in clothing sorting. 

“We had 100% participation,” Mukhtar said. “The folks at St. Vincent’s said, ‘Your young men did the work that would have taken us months to do.’  They would love to have them back.” 

President Larry Rancilio, '86, said, "Our staff instills in our students the value of giving back to the community in many ways.  I am happy our school was able to make an impact in several different areas.  In speaking with the students, I believe they were impacted even more and isn't that what serving others is all about."


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