Marianist PULSE volunteers have their finger on the pulse of the Dayton community.
PULSE – which stands for Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education –is a post-graduate, servant leadership and social justice initiative sponsored by the Marianists. It’s a means of sharing the Marianist charism through energetic volunteers who want to make a positive impact on an urban community. This new program was launched in 2015 with the volunteers beginning their service earlier this year.
PULSE volunteers make a one- or two-year commitment to live in community in a lower-income Dayton neighborhood. They work full-time at a local nonprofit agency, gaining valuable leadership and career skills along the way.
Three PULSE volunteers – Ani Artero, Kateri Dillon ‘12 and Dominic Sanfilippo – recently shared their experience with Chaminade Julienne students. Artero is working with the Rivers Institute at the University of Dayton, Dillon is volunteering at the Brunner Literacy Center and Sanfilippo is at CJ.
“PULSE is a unique opportunity to set aside a whole year and focus on service,” Dillon said. “And being part of the Marianist family means we have support systems not only in Dayton but across the country and around the world.”
The life of a PULSE volunteer includes:
♦ Gathering for meals and prayer in the house community.
♦ Living simply in solidarity with the poor and marginalized.
♦ Engaging in a weekly Marianist formation program.
♦ Journeying alongside a spiritual mentor.
♦ Experiencing the passion and satisfaction of working for social justice.
For Sanfilippo, being able to make service a part of his everyday life is ideal.
“It’s such an adventure,” he said. “It’s such a meaningful and rewarding way to take a year out of your live to make a difference.”