Wolf Pack gives back

Loyola volunteers worked with NOLA Green Roots.
Loyola volunteers worked with NOLA Green Roots.

By James Shields, Communications Coordinator

Loyola alumni, family, friends, staff, and students demonstrated their Pack pride on October 20 during the 13th annual Wolves on the Prowl national day of service. Wolves on the Prowl, planned and led by the Alumni Association, Office of Mission and Ministry, and Student Government Association, pairs volunteers from the Loyola community with programs throughout the country that need help.

“It’s a tradition of which we are proud,” said Leigh Thorpe ’03, co-chair of the 2012 Wolves on the Prowl Committee. “Student leaders from prominent organizations and programs on campus were paired with alumni who were involved in the same organizations and programs as students, providing an opportunity for students to network with alumni while engaging in community service around the New Orleans area.”

Nick Poché ’03, also a co-chair of the committee, shared Thorpe’s enthusiasm. “As students and alumni of a Jesuit university, it is important that we all make an effort in our daily lives to pause and remember our commitment to service,” Poché said.

Projects this year included: Field Day for Good Shepherd School—60 children from GSS descended on the Residential Quad, where volunteers hosted a series of friendly athletic competitions among the students; NOLA Green Roots—volunteers worked on readying the Wise Words Community Garden in Mid-City for the harvest season; Green Light New Orleans—volunteers assisted with GLNO’s “Tip the Block” initiative in the Leonidas neighborhood by distributing and installing free compact fluorescent light bulbs to residents; and Common Ground Relief Nursery—volunteers helped transplant young wetlands grasses and prepared them for planting in the Gulf.

Alumni across the country also took part in volunteer activities on October 20, as well as other dates. On October 27, alumni in the Nashville, Tenn., area participated in “Hands on Nashville,” a home energy savings project to help improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes. On November 3, alumni in Las Vegas, Nev., served dinner to the homeless, and in Denver, Colo., they packaged medical supplies for distribution in developing countries. Other chapter cities that participated in days of service included Atlanta, Boston, Central Florida, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Lafayette, La., New York City, Phoenix, Raleigh, N.C., San Diego, and Shreveport, La.

View the complete spring 2013 issue of LOYNO.

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