Young Alumni Participate in Inaugural Service Trip
June 05, 2012
Alumni from the Classes of 2005-2012 traveled to New Orleans, La., during the week of May 21st as part of a new service trip for graduates of the last decade sponsored by Emmanuel's Center for Mission & Spirituality. In all, 10 alumni were involved in the venture, including Sister Diane Roche, RSCJ '71, who hosted the group at the Duchesne Volunteer House, a Society of the Sacred Heart-sponsored project that offers a cultural immersion and reflection program for volunteers who travel to the area for service in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The Young Alumni Service Trip was established in response to a recent survey conducted by the College's Office of Development and Alumni Relations, which reported interest by young alumni in continuing to stay connected with Emmanuel through service. Participating alumni included Tiare Baird '07, Greg Brown '12, Laura Clark '12, Wesley Cowles '12, Natalie Honsinger '11, Elizabeth Humphries '10, Elizabeth Kaseta '12 and Amanda Williams '05.
During the week, the group volunteered with the St. Bernard Project, "an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina."
Emmanuel also partnered with the organization as part of its Alternative Spring Break program this past March.
In addition, the group had the chance to experience the culture of the city, taking part in various tours and sightseeing adventures during their stay.
"Alumni were thankful for having another opportunity to get involved," said Associate Director of the Center for Mission & Spirituality Mark Harrington '08, who coordinated the trip. "It's something new that resembles their Emmanuel experience of giving back."