NDNU Students Scatter to Help those in Need in Three Countries

A break from classes, gives students a chance to spend their free time helping others.

Belmont, CA, March 4, 2010 — While most students spend their spring breaks visiting family, hanging out with friends and maybe even catching up on school work, 16 NDNU students will be spending theirs beginning Monday, March 8 in Salinas, CA. Tijuana, Mexico and Hagley Gap, Jamaica helping people in need.

“These students are a prime example of what NDNU is about,” said President Judith Maxwell Greig. “They live the university’s social justice and community engagement mission every day, not just on occasions like this one. Most of them also volunteer in the local community during the school year at social service and community organizations.”

Five students chose to volunteer in Salinas, CA. at Dorothy’s Place a service organization that serves the poor and homeless of Monterey County, especially families of migrant workers. This year they will be visiting the labor camps to speak to the youth, work at the soup kitchen, community garden, and women’s shelter. Dorothy’s Place, which is run by a community of Franciscan workers, is named after Dorothy Day, a journalist and social activist who co-founded of the Catholic Worker movement. The students going to Dorothy’s Place include Diana Enriquez, Mark Estigoy, Paul Parker, Elene Gekker and Steven A Scoles.

Another five students will go to Tijuana, Mexico to help build a house for a family in need. Last year’s trip to Mexico was successful having just 11 people complete one small two bedroom house. Campus Chaplain Fr. Thomas Splain will lead this trip again. Students going to Tijuana include Brittney Engelland-Gay, Jeznia Flores, Yanci Penate, Oumou Ly, and Carrie-Ann Agag.

A new addition to the NDNU alternative spring break program is the Blue Mountain Project in Hagley Gap, to help one of the poorest communities in Jamaica. Six NDNU students will assist a small international team to deliver a variety of programs and services to meet the local needs. These students are Alex Bethea, Rizwana Khan, Nicole Misley, Deja Kono, Jesus Garcia, and Brianne Crabbe.