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WJU students take part in Day of Service

Wheeling Jesuit students had a chance to get out of the classroom and into the community on Thursday as part of their Day of Service.

Wheeling Jesuit students had a chance to get out of the classroom and into the community on Thursday as part of their Day of Service.

A group of them at the Gabriel Project in Wheeling said they were more than happy to help.

“It's always a great opportunity for people to meet new people and try new things and just have fun, joyously giving back to our community,” WJU senior Maddie Davin said.

More than 80 Wheeling Jesuit students spent a few hours on Thursday giving back to different community organizations throughout Wheeling.

The university has partnered with the Gabriel Project for the last 21 years.

On Thursday, students helped fold clothes and organize the stock room, while getting to know each other and the people at Gabriel Project.

“We believe that everybody should give back to their community, but also that you can gain a lot working with people coming from different backgrounds than yourself,” Davin said. “Part of that comes from the Jesuit mission to men and women for others but also just being a good Christian.”

While it is a big help to places like the Gabriel Project, it also gives students a chance to learn about community organizations – to see the area they live in and how things work there.

“I think it serves both of us. The fact being that we get the volunteer hours, we get the help and that type of thing,” said Faith Hicks, Chapter coordinator of Northern Project. “But we're also getting the students the opportunity to see what a grassroots organization is that helps families. So, it's a win-win for all of us.”

And that win-win situation is one the university would like to see continue for a long time.

“This is probably one of the strongest traditions and hallmarks of the Wheeling Jesuit educational experience. Of course, we want to foster it and see it grow,” Wheeling Jesuit President Michael Mihalyo said.

The Gabriel Project was just one of seven places that the students volunteered.

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