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Olivet College plans service trip to help Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans
Dec 07, 2006

OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College is planning a weeklong service trip to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans. A group of 19 Olivet students and one employee will leave Friday, Dec. 8, following the colleges final exams. The group will be assisting with gutting, sanitizing and repairing homes and churches in New Orleans and return Saturday, Dec. 16. While helping with the clean up, they will stay in a suburb of New Orleans at the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Metairie, La.

This fall, Olivet was awarded a $5,000 grant from the United Northern Association of the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) to sponsor the trip, which is coordinated by Mike Fales 75, director of church relations and campus ministries at Olivet. This is the third time students from the college have traveled to New Orleans through the UCC Office of Volunteer Ministries.

Every time we visit New Orleans, we believe we truly make a difference to some people who really need help, said Fales. I am always impressed by how many students will give up part of their holiday break to help people they dont even know.

Students joining Fales for the service project include: Annie Bahling, a sophomore from Lachine; Tammy Cahow, a sophomore from Climax; Amy Cooper, a sophomore from Bath; Tim Dementer, a junior from Gladstone; Dannette Dunlap, a senior from Dolton, Ill.; Sarah Fitzpatrick, a sophomore from Lowell; Justin Gargus, a freshman from Bangor; Shannon Hall, a junior from Taylor; Matt Hurley, a senior from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Courtney Kuch, a senior from Ypsilanti; Jessica Lund, a freshman from Eaton Rapids; Jennifer Martin, a sophomore from Taylor; Eddie McClendon, a sophomore from Chelsea; Matt Oladele, a senior from Nigeria; Stephanie Pierce, a junior from Marshall; Elizebeth Rach, a junior from Bangor; Kat Roesch, a senior from Oakland Township; Stephanie Reed, a senior from Dimondale; and Rob Swanson, a sophomore from Marshall.



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