"I am deeply grateful to be a member of such an intimate community."
Christian Sammartino is committed to service. As the president of the Pre-Law club, an Academic Integrity Committee co-chair, a Moving Forward Together mentor, a College Bound Mentorship Program member and an AmeriCorps Scholar, Christian brings his love for service into practice at Elizabethtown College. He truly is another link in the chain of those who educate for service.
"I am deeply grateful to be a member of such an intimate community. I feel as though I have the support of generations of students in my quest to build better communities," he said.
As an AmeriCorps scholar, Sammartino combines leadership with planning, and puts both of those into action. He has to complete a minimum of 300 service hours each school year. Recently he was involved in the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Experience in Lancaster. He has visited St. Mary's Church and Water Street Rescue Mission serving dinner to the homeless, but more importantly, conversing with those he has helped, forming connections with those most in need of a friendly face and helping hand.
Before that, Christian visited Smithville, Mississippi, to assist in the reconstruction of the town that was destroyed by an major tornado. Most of the homes were completely destroyed, and he and his classmates from Lend-a-Hand worked toward rebuilding a community for the people of Smithville.
"I will never forget the smile, the look of joy on the face of our homeowner when we finished installing the drywall in her home. It was the kind of smile that had the electricity to illuminate the whole town. That gesture showed that we had eased her burden and assisted her in reclaiming a sense of normalcy," Sammartino explained.