NDNU Students Skip Class To Help Community Organizations

Belmont, CA, March 12, 2010 — Students from Notre Dame de Namur University will be skipping class on March 18, but not to play hooky. Instead, they will volunteer across San Mateo County as part of NDNU’s “Call To Action,” a school holiday dedicated to helping fulfill the university’s mission of service to the community.

Along with faculty and staff volunteers, the students will lend a hand at 15 organizations, including Shelter Network, Second Harvest Food Bank, Samaritan House, Collective Roots and InnVision (see complete list below). Professors have agreed to cancel day classes so that students can spend the majority of their day, in most cases from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., putting into practice NDNU’s values of social justice and community engagement.

“This day of service is an opportunity for all of us as members of the NDNU community to demonstrate together, on one day, our commitment to live the NDNU mission,” said President Judith Maxwell Greig, Ph.D. “One of the key distinctions of an NDNU education is that we try to instill in our students an appreciation of the importance of service to their communities and to those in need.”

The Call To Action Day is being organized by Student Affairs and the Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement.