Trinity volleyball players joined residents for a game of BINGO. Click here to see more photos from the team’s visit.
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 2015) — The Trinity Christian College women’s volleyball team took an afternoon off the court last week, and instead spent time cleaning and playing BINGO with residents at Providence of Palos Heights.
Karliegh Krchmery, a marketing major from Merrionette Park, Ill., and the Trolls’ lone senior, said that the pre-season volunteer works allows the team to have fun and bond while giving back to the community.
“As a Christian-based program, we want to get out and do what we can,” she said. “This year, we decided to come here, because it’s also a Christian place and seemed like a good fit.”
The women organized books and movies, washed walls and tables in the kitchen, cleaned the patio for an upcoming barbecue, cleaned wheelchairs, and assisted residents for BINGO.
“We got in some team bonding, too,” Krchmery said. “We had a lot of fun, and we’ll definitely do it again.”
The team has already made plans with Providence Life Enrichment Director Diane Giglio to spend another afternoon volunteering next semester.
“They certainly make our job a little easier, with their effort from start to finish,” Giglio said. “I’d like to thank them for the excellent job they did in cleaning, organizing, and helping us serve our clients. They demonstrate how to be a blessing and share their time with others.”
Providence is always looking for volunteers — anyone who is interested can call (708) 597-1000 or email VolunteerPHRC-PH@provlife.com for more information.
“My girls had a great time serving at Providence,” Trinity Volleyball Coach Bill Schepel said. “I think it reminded them how blessed they are and the importance of giving back. They were impacted by how grateful the residents were, and as a group, we felt very appreciated by the Providence staff, which I’m sure will lead us back there sometime.”
The volleyball season starts for Trinity on Friday, Aug. 21, at the Grace College Invitational in Winona Lake, Ind. The Trolls play their home opener Aug. 28, when they host Mt. Mercy University (Iowa) at 7 p.m. in the Saint Xavier/Trinity Crossover. Find the team’s full schedule here.