August 13, 2015More than 100 University of Portland freshmen and transfer students to arrive early at school and volunteer in the local community Aug. 25-26
A group of 107 incoming freshmen and transfer students will arrive early to volunteer time and energy throughout the city Aug. 25-27 during the Moreau Center’s annual Service Plunge.
Under the direction of 28 student leaders, the participants on the Service Plunge will complete several projects at ten locations around Portland prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year on Aug. 31 and will spend their nights on the floor at Holy Cross School. Workshops on social justice and time for reflection are also included in the Service Plunge.
The entire group of 135 will work at Sabin School, 4013 NE 18th Ave., on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Groups of students will continue their service on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Harper’s Playground (2525 N Dekum St.), Astor K8/PPS (5601 N. Yale St.), Friends of Trees (10150 NE 6th Drive), Bridgetown Inc. (1732 NW Quimby St.), Linnton Community Center (10614 NW St. Helens Rd.), Holy Cross Catholic School (5202 N Bowdoin St), Cesar Chavez School (5103 N Willis Blvd), Our United Villages/ The Rebuilding Center (3625 N. Mississippi Ave), and the Oregon Food Bank (7900 Northeast 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211)
“The Service Plunge is a special experience for freshman and transfer students, as this will be their first impression of what life at the University of Portland will be like,” says student leader Payton Bushaw.
“Our goal is to show them that no matter where they are in their journey they can make a difference,” adds student leader Sarah Twomey Bones. “We hope that this is a fun experience that opens doors to service opportunities here in the Portland community.”
The Moreau Center, according to its mission statement, “helps develop skills, knowledge, and habits to serve the world through hope, compassion and solidarity. Rooted in Catholic social teaching, we provide direct service opportunities, leadership development, reflection and social analysis. We aim to make God known, loved and served by caring for our neighbors, building community, and working for the common good.” The Moreau Center is named in honor of Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.