Locals Serve Over Break

February 3, 2019

WORCESTER -- Several local students spent winter break engaging in community service to help those in need through several SEND Service Immersion trips across the country and the world.

Abigail Benting, a sophomore from Westford, and John Killian, a senior from Groton, were part of a team that traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to work with tornado relief organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, to understand the ongoing effort to rebuild Tuscaloosa. The students also immersed themselves in Alabama culture, visiting places like Montgomery to learn about the history of the civil-rights movement.

Kelliann Keaney, a senior from Burlington, and Colleen MacNeil, a sophomore from Tewksbury, were part of a team that traveled to Baltimore, where, through the Urban Plunge Retreat, Catholic Charities provided students with an opportunity to provide care and services to improve the lives of Marylanders in need. Throughout the week, they served meals in a soup kitchen, spent time with people at an emergency shelter, and learned to cherish the dignity in all.

Eric Guditz, a sophomore from Acton traveled to Duran, Ecuador, to participate in the Rostro de Cristo Retreat. Rostro de Cristo is a lay Catholic volunteer program with a mission that can be summed up in the phrase “being with rather than doing for.” The organization provided students with spiritual and educational opportunities to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Ecuador, in hopes of inspiring a lifelong commitment to faith, service, social justice, and solidarity in the global community.

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