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Lasell Students, Staff Serve Community with New Organization

January 29, 2014

With more than 50% of Lasell students participating in community service, they are a group known for their generosity of time. A newly created student-led organization called Lasell Says Thank You now offers undergraduates even more opportunity to give back.

Last February, Lasell staff member Patricia Moran, motivated by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, led a group of 10 students to New Jersey to help rebuild some of the coastal buildings damaged by the storm. Following the trip, Moran and SGA president, Kevin Moloney, created the group LSTY to provide even more opportunities for students to participate in community service.

"Competition is high for trips such as Alternative Spring Break and the Shoulder to Shoulder trip to Uganda, so we are aiming to increase participation through running some shorter, weekend trips," Moran said.

Over the summer, nine LSTY participants also travelled to Brooklyn, NY with New York Says Thank You, a similar volunteer group that LSTY emulates. They continued to work on Hurricane Sandy relief together by refurbishing a firefighter's house. Pamela Faria, Executive Assistant to the President, accompanied the group and is now the co-advisor of the organization.

Along with service relief trips, LSTY also volunteers locally. January 10-12th the group provided community service at an EPOCH senior center in Weston and for Newton At Home, helping the elderly with household and computer tasks. At St. Patrick's School in Roxbury they volunteered for an afterschool program. Later, LSTY volunteered in a program with the More Than Words bookstore in Waltham to work with youth involved in the court system to help them around achieving their high school diploma and plans for college.

Throughout the spring semester, LSTY plans to work with Newton At Home and participate in additional service trips, such as one in February to New Jersey to provide more relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"One major goal is to provide students with [opportunities] in new communities that they may not have been exposed to otherwise during their time at Lasell," Moran said.

- Caitlin Fitzgerald


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