Joliet, Ill. – The Student Nursing Association (SNA) in the Leach College of Nursing at the University of St. Francis (USF) held a t-shirt sale during the fall semester with proceeds benefiting Guardian Angel Community Services (GACS) in Joliet. USF nursing students, their parents and faculty members purchased a variety of items through the sale, including shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies, and hats that displayed the University of St. Francis logo. Proceeds from the sale, which totaled $252.37, were donated to GACS last month.

USF nursing student Angela Briseno said the reason SNA chose to donate to GACS was because of the important work the organization does in and for the community.

“We chose to raise funds for Guardian Angel Community Services because we strongly believe in their work. Guardian Angel’s mission is ‘to empower people to improve the quality of their lives.’ This is something that really caught our attention and we, as USF nursing students, could relate to it because we feel that USF is preparing us to do this for our patients now and after we graduate,” Briseno said. 

USF nursing student Janet Crawford added that SNA sees this type of support as playing an important role within the community.

“Leach College of Nursing often finds ways to give back to our community and does so each semester through the Student Nurses Association. Supporting community organizations such as Guardian Angel Community Services is crucial because it helps to strengthen our community. Many individuals struggle to obtain fundamental needs or resources and by giving back, more resources and support may become available,” she said.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

(image caption – USF Student Nursing Association faculty advisor Kathryn Weigel and USF students Janet Crawford and Angela Briseno present Ines Kutlesa, CEO of Guardian Angel Community Services, with a donation of $252.37 that was raised through a t-shirt sale.)

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