Assumption Students Help Alabama Tornado Relief Effort

Thirteen Assumption College students are spending their winter break helping build a home in the Rosedale Courts housing development of Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of the places hit hardest by the April 27, 2011, tornado that killed more than 40 people. From Jan. 5 to 12, 2012, the students, a professor and a staff member will work with local agencies Habitat for Humanity and the United Saints Recovery Project as part of the Assumption College Campus Ministry Office’s SEND Service Immersion Program. SEND is a weeklong, voluntary experience established in 1986 that blends service to communities in need with education about that area’s culture as well as personal introspection. In the program’s 26 years, participating students have traveled to and served in various regions of the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, and Canada. The trips occur during winter, spring and summer breaks.

The Assumption students participating in the Alabama trip are Marissa Charles, Nick DiAntonio, Margaux Finan, Nicholas Finan, Danielle Folkins, Caitlin Goodhile, Nicole Kirkland, Erin Lagasse, Katherine McIssac, Marissa Reis, Courtney Trahan, Brittany Wilson, and Kayla Vicino. Joining them are Assumption Professor Michael Land, a Tuscaloosa native; and Paul Belsito, the College’s executive assistant for government and community relations.

Follow the students’ efforts to help Tuscaloosa residents by reading Professor Land’s posts on his Servingthestory blog.

Learn more about SEND.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews