Outreaching beyond Cabrini

By Melissa DiPietrantonio
February 6, 2003

Believe it or not, there are many opportunities to give a piece of yourself to the community. Cabrini offers a great way through the program known as Outreach Saturday.

Outreach Saturday allows students to come out for half of the day and do something that makes the world a better place.

Cabrini was the first college in Pennsylvania to require community service as a graduation requirement and many students are interested in service, whether they receive credit or not.

The staff at the Wolfington Center has worked with their community partner organizations to find sites that students enjoyed visiting in the past.

For example, on Saturday, Feb. 1, a group of students went to St. Francs Inn Soup Kitchen in Kensington to serve the mid-day meal. Many disadvantaged families visit the kitchen 365 days a year.

There is another program on Saturday, Feb. 15, where members of Cabrini’s athletic teams will help an organization, called Manna, cook meals for people with AIDS.

Something students may be interested in is a program called Discovery!, which is an enrichment program run out of the Philadelphia school district. Here volunteers have the opportunity to aid second to fifth graders who need extra help with science and math by doing hands on projects that are fun and also educational.

CAV Pride is a club dedicated to doing service with children. It is always welcoming others to join them.

Saturday is not the only day for service, however. Twenty-five people participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Some places visited were the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank, an elementary school in South Philadelphia where the Ethnic Student Alliance made a wall mural about healthy eating and Habitat for Humanity in Norristown.

Dr. Mary Laver, the coordinator of community outreach & partnerships, is always looking for new places for volunteers to visit. Laver encourages students to “use some of the blessings we’ve been given, including our time, to be there for others and to allow ourselves to learn from them and to become fuller people.”

For more information on campus outreach activities, contact Dr. Mary Laver at extension 8409.

Melissa DiPietrantonio

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