DeSales Students Spend Spring Break in Community Service at Home and Abroad
About 30 students from DeSales University are spending their spring break, through March 13, by working on community service projects to help those less fortunate, both in the United States, as well as abroad.
DeSales students, including three seniors, seven juniors, 10 sophomores, and 10 freshmen, have traveled to Tarboro, North Carolina and Benton Harbor, Michigan, where they are working with Habitat for Humanity. They also are providing assistance to the Tri-Parish Community in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Nativity Inner City School in Wilmington, Delaware.
In addition to communities in the United States, five students and two faculty members from DeSales have traveled to Ireland, where they are working in a low income school district outside of Dublin, in whatever capacity they can.
DeSales has been running humanitarian trips since the office of social outreach was first organized. Social Outreach offers nearly 250 programs a year, coordinated through the social outreach office, athletic teams, clubs and organizations, and other extra-curricular and academic programs at DeSales. Students and faculty have volunteered thousands of hours working with the poor, the sick, the handicapped, the elderly, the homeless and orphans, and in after-school tutoring programs.
"Each community service trip is significant in its own way and has a character of its own," say Kevin Haggerty, director of social outreach. "Ultimately, what matters most, is that they all shine brightly, and reflect well on the students and the foundations of DeSales."
To participate on a trip, a student must have taken part in at least one other social outreach program this year. According to Haggerty, most DeSales students doing community service projects for spring break have been involved in the majority of, if not all, the social outreach events every year.
The networking connections between DeSales and these organizations have created many opportunities for students. Some examples include postgraduate internships, paid summer jobs, community service awards and scholarships, service learning academic research, work study grants, and overall quality service experience.
For more information on the service trips or the social outreach office at DeSales, please contact Kevin Haggerty, director of social outreach, at 610-282-1100, ext 1889.
Press Release: DeSales Students Spend Spring Break in Community Service at Home and Abroad | Posted on: 3/9/2004
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu