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Twin Cities campus staff and faculty help clean up the Philips West neighborhood

Paula Carlsen
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WINONA, MN — Michelle Dougherty, joined by other 30 staff and community members of Twin Cities Campus, had the pleasure of participating in the 'We Love Phillips West' neighborhood community cleaning on June 17. 

After being divided into small groups, Dougherty and her group followed the map that led them to specific locations. On the site, they collected garbage, bottles, a few chicken bones and even some money. Before returning to campus, the small group double-checked that the trash bags were completely full.

The community was very grateful for the cleanup. People honked their horns and hung out their car windows to say thank you, cyclists shouted praise and neighbors on their porches expressed their delight.

Staff members were given shirts (souvenirs from Saint Mary's and Ebenezer's sponsors) and frozen sweets as part of the event. They didn't only give back to the community, but they also got to meet new and old colleagues outside of their own workgroups and departments.

As Dougherty approacheS her ninth year on the job, she lookS forward to seeing their Twin Cities Campus continuing to be both in and of the community, carrying on traditions like Christmas carolling to nearby senior communities and National Night Out. 

My Lasallian education, as well as the Lasallian Honors program at Saint Mary's, stressed the values of servant leadership. It thrills her heart to be able to continue their goals in the classroom as well as part of the staff members. She thanked Mira Klein, the organizational development of Phillips West Neighborhood Organization, the Ebenezer neighbors and Saint Mary's administration, especially Gena Bilden and Daniela Guillen, for their cooperation.

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