Students Who Serve: Sarah Bruchey
Every couple of weeks during the past year, Sarah Bruchey ’20, M ’21 could be found at a McDonald’s in Lebanon with her “little sister.”
Her “little sister” is a 14-year-old girl from a low-income family and disrupted home life. Bruchey makes a difference by simply spending time getting to know her, talking about what’s happening in her life, and serving as a positive role model—like a big sister would.
This is one of the ways that Bruchey serves the local community.
Bruchey also served as the president of the Students Helping Seniors club on campus, in which students volunteer to spend time with senior citizens and assist senior living homes with events. The club previously received the President’s Service Award at the Symposium on Inclusive Excellence.
“I enjoy working with different people at the places we do service,” Bruchey said. “I like organizing and participating in the events that we do.”
Bruchey enjoys being a part of Students Helping Seniors because as a participant, she can talk to the seniors and hear interesting stories about their lives.
Additionally, she is involved with Colleges Against Cancer, the club that organizes Relay For Life, a campus event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. In her role as a relay chair, she plans Relay For Life by contacting people at LVC and in the community to help raise money and works with club members to plan event activities.
Bruchey, a psychology graduate continuing on for her master’s in clinical mental health counseling, has always been involved in service. However, she found it easier to volunteer more due to the numerous opportunities that LVC offers. She received the College’s Gold Service Award, presented to students who complete more than 100 hours of community service and at least one residential service project or complete more than 250 hours of service.
--- Marjorie O'Neill, for ENG 430 Feature Writing