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Olivet College students to serve flood victims Jan. 29
Jan 26, 2011

More than 100 Olivet College students will depart campus Saturday, Jan. 29 to spend the day serving Lakeshore Area Regional Recovery (LARRI) of Munster, Ind. The students, who are pledges from each of the college’s Greek societies, will be cutting cement floors and laying drain tile in an effort to repair homes destroyed by severe flooding in September 2008. While the college offers off-campus service trips monthly throughout the school year, this is the largest project of its kind and the first to involve all of Olivet’s pledge classes.

“We are very pleased to have every Greek organization at Olivet College participate in our first Greek service day,” said Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries. “At Olivet College we look for projects that provide our students with opportunities for meaningful service while also teaching them about the needs of those in other parts of the country and world. While the communities served by LARRI are only a few hours away, most people in our community have no knowledge of the damage there. Not only will our students have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many families, they will also have an opportunity to learn about the needs of others outside of our community.”

LARRI exists to help rebuild the homes and lives of those who were affected by the devastating floods in Northwest Indiana in September 2008. The organization’s work is made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., funded through the Indiana Association of United Ways and the United Ways of Northwest Indiana.

For more information, or to learn more about other service learning opportunities at Olivet, contact Fales at (269) 749-7624.


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