Lightening the load
Minneapolis Spiders packed 2,895 meals for people in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

It might have been a cold Midwest morning, but these Spiders were warmed by coffee and time spent helping those in their community.

Members of the Minneapolis regional alumni group gathered in March for a Spider Day of Service at Second Harvest Heartland, one of the largest food banks in the nation. They spent the morning packing and sorting food for distribution to those in need, followed by brunch with friends both old and new.

“As Second Harvest volunteers, we had the opportunity to be part of a dramatic positive impact on a broad demographic of people by facilitating food distribution for those in need in the Minneapolis region,” said Ron Blum, ’02, one of the event organizers.

The day of service was a first for the group, but Blum said he hopes more will follow.

“Together we can demonstrate the spirit and value in community service that we share as products of the University of Richmond,” he said. “Big ideas — such as, ‘Service to our fellows should be a priority for each individual in a civilized society’ — motivate people to collaborate to do great things. We can prove that big ideas can be given effect, even by a small group of dedicated UR grads just looking to do some good.”