Members of the Washington, D.C. service trip group stand with two staff members from the Fr. McKenna Center, an outreach organization that includes a drop-in shelter for men, food pantry and transitional living program.
(L to R: Faculty leader Carrie Knox, Michelle Rydzinski, Whitney Douglas, Vanessa Brynda, Paige Herbert, Nicole Brown, Amanda Schmiedl, Chelsea Kline, Mary Jean Taylor. Not pictured: Student leader Abby Taylor)
Washington, D.C., trip participant Amanda Schmiedl (left) boxes food with student leader Abby Taylor at Food and Friends. The organization prepares and delivers 800 healthy meals each day for local, at-risk residents.
Amanda Schmiedl, Vanessa Brynda, student leader Abby Taylor and faculty leader Carrie Knox worked alongside regular volunteers at Food and Friends on three different days during the Washington, D.C. service trip.
The Washington, D.C., Gannon group joined with Fr. McKenna Center, the National Coalition for the Homeless and other organizations for a protest and march to City Hall. The march, organized by the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition, successfully helped secure funding for important programs for homeless families in the District.
Amanda Schmiedl, Abby Taylor, Nicole Brown and Carrie Knox participated in the peaceful protest through marching, chanting and inviting people on the street to join them. In all, over 200 people gathered at City Hall for a rally after the march.
Gannon students led a protest march in Washington, D.C., with Fr. McKenna Center staff. (L to R: Michelle Rydzinski, Nicole Brown, Chelsea Kline, student leader Abby Taylor, Whitney Douglas and Paige Herbert).
Student leader Abby Taylor stands with Mary Jean Taylor, Amanda Schmiedl and staff members from the Fr. McKenna Center at the protest.