Posted: Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
Aug. 20, 2013
Nearly 500 Saint Vincent College students will roll up their sleeves and go to work at community service projects throughout Westmoreland County on the afternoon of Friday, August 23 as the sixth annual Service to the Community Day continues an initiative at the Catholic, Benedictine college to integrate service projects into the experience of every student.
Dozens of area non-profit and community organizations will greet groups of students who will be ready to paint, pound, clean, repair, dig, landscape, rake, harvest and provide other assistance needed by the elderly, disabled and others.
Service Learning Director Kelly King said this is the sixth year of this annual project to engage Saint Vincent College students with the community. “This demonstrates our Benedictine mission by giving students an opportunity to serve the region in a very personal way,” Ms. King explained.
Some of the 37 organizations that will benefit from the students’ service include: Agriculture Land Preservation Program, American Red Cross, Christ the Divine Teacher School, City of Latrobe, Faith in Action, Emeritus of Latrobe Assisted Living, Little Mozart Child Care, Keystone State Park, Latrobe Parks and Recreation, Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation, Laurel Highlands, Powdermill Reserve, Linn Run State Park, Ligonier Bethlen Home, McKenna Senior Center, Ligonier Bethlen Cottages, Ligonier Gardens, Mountain View Assisted Living, Nature Commons, Neil Palmer’s Farm, New Haven Court Memory Care, NHS School, Oldtimers Baseball League, Redstone Highlands, St. Anne’s Home, St. Emma’s, St. John’s Church, Latrobe, St. Vincent DePaul, Latrobe, Seton Hill Child Care, St. John’s Church, Saint Vincent Archabbey, Saint Vincent Gristmill, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Weatherwood Assisted Living and Westmoreland Community Action.
“The project will also provide an opportunity for students to bond with each other as well as with other members of the Saint Vincent community including faculty, administration and staff who will be participating,” noted Ms. King.
College officials also hope that through service projects students will find a focus to their careers that goes beyond the classroom. In addition to first-year students, more than 100 upperclassmen who serve on the Orientation Committee and who are mentors to the incoming freshmen and some faculty and staff will also participate.
The Office of Service Learning and Community Outreach works with organizations in the area throughout the school year to plan service opportunities for students.
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