SLCE engages in national day of service

The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement (SLCE) will host service trips on Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. to HOPE South Florida and People’s Access to Community Horticulture (PATCH).

For Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, SLCE is creating an opportunity for NSU students to get involved and help those who are less fortunate. Volunteers will be given the chance to either help organize clothes that will be distributed to the homeless with HOPE South Florida at the New Life Baptist Church or work at Dania Beach with PATCH to give healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to those who cannot afford them.

Concetta D’Alessio, assistant director of SLCE, said that volunteers will meet at Shark Circle and will depart to the two locations at approximately 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will then be transported to either the New Life Baptist Church or The Patch Green Market. After heading back to NSU’s campus, volunteers will then be given time to reflect on the experience.

“We will do service for a few hours in the garden and clean up the space that distributes the clothes,” D’Alessio said. “Then we will have lunch and reflect on how the day went and how you feel like you have impacted the community.”

Emily Konicki, sophomore biology major, has been a part of the SLCE day of service in the past and said that they are great ways to get involved and be engaged on campus.

“You’re not only learning about social issues in your community, but you are also meeting new students and making relationships with new people,” she said. “You get to lead these reflections with them and learn about different perspectives on the issues too.”

Konicki said that service days focus on different issues in the community each time so students are engaged in the projects and are more aware of the world around them.

Up to 30 students can sign up for the event at orgsync.com/45785/events/1534001/occurrences/3518874 by Nov. 16. For more information, contact the SLCE office at slce@nova.edu or 954-262-7195.

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