University of Portland
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

More than 100 incoming University of Portland freshmen to arrive early at school and volunteer in the local community Aug. 20-22

A group of 125 incoming University of Portland freshmen will arrive early to volunteer time and energy throughout the city Aug 20-22 during the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership’s annual Service Plunge.

Under the direction of 25 student leaders, the freshmen on the Service Plunge will complete several service projects at 12 locations around Portland prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year on Aug. 26. The students will arrive on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and will spend their nights on the floor at Holy Cross School. Workshops on social justice and time for reflection are also included in the Service Plunge.

The entire group of 150 will work at Peninsula School (8125 N. Emerald) on Tuesday, August 20. Groups of students will continue their service on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Assumption Village (9121 North Burr Avenue), Astor K-8 School (5601 North Yale Street), Golden Harvesters (7410 North New York Avenue), Open Meadow High School (7654 North Crawford Street), SCRAP (2915 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.), The ReBuilding Center (3625 North Mississippi Avenue), Martin Luther King, JR. PK-8 School ( 4906 NE 6th Ave), Village Market (4906 NE 6th Ave), New Avenues (314 SW 9th Ave), Friends of Trees (3117 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.), Harper’s Playground ( 2525 N Dekum Street).

The Service Plunge is a perennial offering of the Moreau Center that enables freshmen students to immediately immerse themselves into service, a key pillar of the University’s mission.

In an effort to encourage sustained stewardship, the Moreau Center seeks organizations most in need of ongoing community service to partner with for the Service Plunge. Its goal is to encourage students to regularly donate their time and energy.

The center helps young men and women develop skills, knowledge, and habits to improve the world through hope, compassion and solidarity.  Rooted in Catholic social teaching, the center provides students direct service opportunities that foster leadership development, spiritual reflection and social analysis. It is named in honor of Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. 

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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