SLU Students “Making a Difference” at CHMO



Four students from Saint Louis University decided to wake up early on a Saturday morning and spend their day at Covenant House Missouri. They were participating in SLU’s “Make a Difference Day,” which is recognized as the largest day of service in Missouri, and one of the largest in the country. About 4,000 students, faculty, and staff join forces each year to participate in this meaningful day of service.

“I think it’s extremely important, especially as students, to be involved in the community,” says Chesna Panicker, a freshman at SLU.  “There’s a lot of help needed out there and we’re just so fortunate, we should be using our abilities to do something better for the community. That’s the least we can do.”

Chesna, along with three of her classmates, spent the morning in our Sanctuary Garden – a place of peace for the youth we serve. The cold temperature and the biting wind did not deter them from the task at hand – sprucing up our garden and making it more beautiful for our youth. They stayed busy for almost four hours straight, from pulling weeds to raking and shoveling dirt. They understood that this one task could help make all the difference in the lives of our youth.

“Just helping with the garden… it might make someone feel better just seeing it and being around it,” says Chesna. “It’s a place of peace and tranquility in the middle of all this chaos around us.”

A BIG thank you to Chesna and her classmates for spending the day with us. We are always looking for more volunteers at Covenant House Missouri. If you would like to get involved, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Rebecca Guzman, at or 314-450-7674. Just a few hours of your time could have a profound impact on the youth we serve.


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