Volunteer of the Week

The community service mini-term group is the Kenney Community Center's Volunteers of the Week.
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Volunteer of the Week


The community service mini-term students are the Kenney Community Center’s Volunteers of the Week.

This year, Janet Grigsby, Lecturer of sociology, and Laura Persico, assistant director of Minerva Programs, led a group of students to New Orleans and Dulac, La. to participate in a service trip in conjunction with the United Methodist Church. After raising money for weeks prior to their trip, students built a handicapped-accessible ramp at a house for a family with a wheelchair-bound daughter.

Before beginning construction on their ramp project, students spent a week working with Project Homecoming to build three houses in an area still rehabilitating post-Hurricane Katrina.

Additionally, the group spent a day planting trees on a maritime ridge at Pt. Fourchon, a reclamation project of the Barataria Terrebonne Estuary Program. According to Grigsby, “New Orleans cannot be understood without getting educated about the ecology and culture of the disappearing wetlands that surround it.”

The group will give a presentation about their trip on Jan. 27 during common hour in the Nott Memorial. Their blog can be viewed here, and fundraising efforts to construct more handicap ramps continue here.

The following students participated, accompanied by Rachel Curtis ’08 and Rev. Phil Grigsby.

Avi Adler-Cohen '15
Marian Chee '16
Alex Dolcimascolo '17
Anton Morozov '16
Devon Plungis '17
Erich Seifert '15
Julia Shively '15
Zak Tobin '16
Chris Toppi '15
Angie Vasco '15
Brad Woodruff '15
Cheryl Xie '17
Tenzin Youdon '15
Mengyi Zhu '17