Posts Tagged With: Catholic Neighborhood Center

Christmas Cheer and Canned Peas

Christmas is fast approaching and WJU students are celebrating the season by giving their time in service to others. The HESS mentoring program concluded the semester with a holiday party featuring games, food, gifts, crafts and may have ended with some mentees being literally covered in wrapping paper. Similar good cheer was shared at the Catholic Neighborhood Center where the History Club, Computer Club and other WJU students took part in an event to sort 19,000 food donations to be distributed to 300 local families. One volunteer, Amy, described it as “seriously the best exam de-stressor ever.” We wish the best of luck to those taking finals this week and hope everyone enjoys the soon-to-come break!

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Make a Difference Day Kicks Off the New School Year

Welcome to the new school year!  It is incredibly  exciting to see classes starting up and people back on campus.  Things really kicked off with Make a Difference Day this past Saturday where over 250 First Year students volunteered in the Wheeling area at organizations like  Appalachian Outreach, Catholic Neighborhood Center, Children’s Museum, Free Wheelchair Mission, Holy Family, House of the Carpenter, Juvenile Detention Center, King’s Daughters, Marshall Co. Animal Shelter, Rails to Trails, Sandscrest Boy Scout Camp, Welty Home, Youth Services System, and the YWCA.  We think these kinds of projects give new students a chance to improve the city, connect to a new environment, and allow individual learning and growth.  We hope the friendships started and service begun will continue throughout the year!

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Spanish Students Serve

There is certainly less hustle and bustle with  most students gone for the summer, but there is no lack of  updates.  We have been excited to match the visiting high school students from Spain with service projects in the area and anticipate the group to complete over 150 volunteer hours.  Their placements range from assembling wheelchairs at the Free Wheelchair Mission to selling root beer floats and many other projects. 	The SSAC was happy to attend some special events, such as the dedication/renaming of Stone Blvd to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, the 50 year anniversary of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission and the very special wedding of the SSAC Coordinator, Adrienne Tharp!   	We hope you have a safe and enjoyable remainder of the summer!

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Immersed in East Wheeling

The end of the semester means the beginning of immersion trips for the Arrupe Scholars.  Last week    the First Year students participated on a local “in”mersion to East Wheeling.  They learned about community, identity and growth by working with six great organizations, including Laughlin Memorial Chapel, The Catholic Neighborhood Center, Appalachian Outreach, King’s Daughters Child Care Center, The Mother Jones House and The East Wheeling Community Gardens.  Check out the trip pictures at facebook.com/SsacAtWju to see the work that got done and the people they met along the way.  We hope more students will take the opportunity to serve in and explore this great part of Wheeling!

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