NDNU's Call to Action Day Lends A Hand To The Community
Belmont, CA, March 22, 2013 – On March 21, 2013, more than 300 students, staff and faculty from Notre Dame de Namur University participated in Call to Action Day, an annual campus-wide effort to make a difference in the community through service learning. As a community, participants completed approximately 1200 hours of service throughout the day. The university canceled day classes, allowing students to commit their time to more than two dozen projects, which included providing exciting learning opportunities to underserved students; farming, gardening, invasive species removal and creek clean-up; and preparing and serving food to the poor and homeless.
Fr. Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy/Homegirl Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the nation, delivered his keynote address the previous night. He spoke of the importance of bringing justice to youth in crisis by showing them patience and compassion. The university also offered a panel discussion and legal assistance on the day of service to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants to shed light on immigration justice. The panel was led by students and legal experts and was open to undocumented students from the entire community.