Local volunteers soar into the community as freshmen

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Local volunteers soar into the community as Lewis University freshmen

Published: August 24, 2012.

More than 400 new incoming freshmen volunteered Aug. 24 along with other Lewis University staff and peer ministers at various sites including Feed My Starving Children in Aurora and Schaumburg, Campfire USA in Bolingbrook, Morning Star Mission sites, Trinity Services in Will County, United Way agencies in Will and DuPage Counties and others. Students volunteered at the local service organizations as part of the university’s annual “Soar into the Community,” a community service opportunity offered to new students during orientation.

Students that volunteered at the Feed My Starving Children sites hand-packed meals formulated specially for starving children. Prepared meals were shipped to countries around the world. Student volunteers for United Way agencies traveled to local communities and helped with activities including gardening and cleaning. Other volunteer sites included Campfire USA, Morning Star Mission and Trinity Services, where students assisted with sorting and cleaning thrift store items and maintenance work, among other tasks.

“We are grateful that these agencies are willing to offer these opportunities to our incoming students. In the spirit of a Catholic and Lasallian education, it is a great way for students to get a feel for the culture of service that is ever growing on campus,” said Sean Fagan, coordinator of Lewis University Student Development and Leadership.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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