Spring Break for DeSales Students to Include Community Service at Home and Abroad
Students, along with faculty and staff members from DeSales University, will spend spring break, from March 5 through March 13, working on community service projects at home and abroad. During the week, they will lend their time and energy to help those less fortunate at various sites in Wilmington, Delaware; Camden, New Jersey; Pittsboro, North Carolina, and also Dublin, Ireland. The group of DeSales students includes four seniors, eight juniors, 10 sophomores, and seven freshmen.
DeSales students will interact with students at Nativity Preparatory School in Wilmington, Delaware. Nativity Prep is a private Catholic middle school for boys from low income families. The school was created by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales two years ago.
Also, students from DeSales will work with Habitat for Humanity in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and participate in the Urban Challenge Conference, in Camden, New Jersey. While in Camden, they will work in the community during the day and attend evening programs featuring nationally recognized experts on social justice issues.
In addition, DeSales students, along with Kevin Haggerty, director of social outreach at DeSales, will travel to Dublin, Ireland, where they will tutor fifth to eighth grade students at Beneavan College. They also will take part in arts and crafts, and other extracurricular activities.
To participate in the spring break trips, students must be actively involved in other social outreach programs and also make a contribution of 75 dollars. Additional donations from outside sources also help finance the trips. Haggerty hopes that students will bring back to DeSales a sense of diversity and a better perspective of the world around them. He finds that the hands-on experience benefits the students and "that working as a team 24/7, just like in sports, helps to create a bond."
All spring break destinations were chosen because of the organization's established relationship with DeSales and the wish to make it even stronger. Students have been preparing for the trips by conducting meetings, attending dinners together and devoting periods to reflection.
Elizabeth Pfister, a sophomore and nursing major from Shippensburg, Pa., will be working on a Habitat for Humanity project in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is looking forward to the experience and plans to give 110 percent.
"I want to come away from this week with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction," said Pfister. "Our crew will help provide a family with a home. I hope it will help them gain basic human dignity and become welcomed members of the Pittsboro community."
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 the university. Students and faculty have dedicated over a 1,000 hours working with the poor, the sick, the handicapped, the elderly, the homeless and orphans, and with students in after-school tutoring programs.
For more information on the service trips or the social outreach program at DeSales, please contact Kevin Haggerty, director of social outreach at DeSales, at (610) 282-1100, ext. 1889.
Press Release: Spring Break for DeSales Students to Include Community Service at Home and Abroad | Posted on: 3/2/2005
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