Evan Hierholzer, Managing Editor
Earlier this year, Student Government at the University of Dallas formed a Community Service Committee dedicated to helping the student body get involved in community outreach activities. One of the committee’s first events will be a prayer service held for those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. The service will take place in the Church of the Incarnation this Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
“The committee came about because I saw a need for an increased community service culture at UD, and I wanted to help foster service opportunities for interested students,” said junior Alex Pellegrino, chair of the Community Service Committee. “I am hoping to just help get UD students out in the community to do service work. It is important in terms of the mission of the school and simply in terms of our duty to our fellow human beings in general. There are so many needy people in the community and so many different ways to help, and I just want to make students aware of those opportunities and help facilitate their service work if at all possible,” said Pellegrino.
Jenna Sommer, a sophomore theology major and vice chair of the committee, highlighted the religious aspect of the committee’s work.
“Service is an important aspect of the university’s Catholic faith, so by providing these service opportunities, students will participate in another side of faith formation,” she said.
Though the committee has just formed, the members expressed great hopes for the future work of the committee both on campus and in the larger UD community.
“Hopefully the students will want to get involved in the community and make an impact in Irving, the Dallas area, America and ultimately the world.
In addition to encouraging all students to participate in service, both Pellegrino and Sommer indicated that next semester, the Community Service Committee will host a number of service opportunities.