A Different Kind of Winter Break
Providence College students took time out from winter break to renovate houses in New Orleans, deliver furniture to needy families in Massachusetts, and paint an elementary school in Central Falls, R.I.
In New Orleans, 14 students participated in the annual NOLA Immersion offered through Campus Ministry. They installed energy-efficient light bulbs with Green Light New Orleans, worked with homeless men at the Harry Tompson Center, volunteered in the Lower Ninth Ward Village, and painted homes with the St. Bernard Project.
Five students volunteered with My Brother’s Keeper, an organization based in Easton, Mass., that supplies and delivers free furniture and food to needy families. It was the fourth year that PC students participated in the program, called Urban Plunge. They were joined by students from the University of Notre Dame and Stonehill College.
On Martin Luther King Day, 25 students went to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy, a school in Central Falls, R.I., that serves children in pre-kindergarten through Grade 8. They worked alongside Seton Academy students and their teachers to clean multiple areas of the building and paint the community room.
The MLK Day of Service, a first for PC, was sponsored by the Student Multicultural Activities Office, Campus Ministry, Student Affairs, Residence Life, SAIL, Alumni Relations, the Multicultural Scholarship Program, and the Feinstein Institute for Public Service. It concluded with a cultural night, with children sharing food from their native countries with the PC students and staff who participated in the service project.