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Students use J-term for Service

2/4/2014
 
Following years-long tradition and an engrained commitment to bettering others to better themselves, many Loras students recently returned from various service trips.  Campus Ministry coordinated four trips, deployed around the country, that 47 students participated in. The Loras College baseball team traveled abroad to Dominican Republic, where they incorporated important service initiatives into their trip as well.

Our baseball athletes trained with and competed against professional Dominican players and teams-- the same teams that provide players for Major League Baseball in the United States. The players also got to spend time with local kids at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Orphanage near San Pedro, where they played baseball and visited.
 
Campus Ministry trips this J-term were:
 
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
A delegation of staff and students traveled to Chicago, Illinois to volunteer with The Brother David Darst Center. During their time in Chicago, they worked in soup kitchens, volunteered at rescue missions, visited retirement and nursing homes, and worked with many other Chicago agencies which fight poverty in the city.
 
MORTON, MISSISSIPPI
Morton, Mississippi is a predominantly African American and immigrant, rural, Southern community which experiences high unemployment and school drop-out rates. Working with the sisters there, 10 members of the Loras community assisted with outreach in local high schools, after-school tutoring programs, home repair throughout the community, presence to the elderly, and learned about the history and culture of the area.
 
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Nine members of our community traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they worked with the St. Bernard’s Recovery Project. St. Bernard’s was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, suffering significant damage to 100% of its houses and buildings. The team’s work involved gutting out a house, home repairs, and various other recovery tasks.
 
CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
A group traveled for the first time to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Newman Center, where they were part of an urban immersion experience working in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and with Habitat for Humanity.

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