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Service Success—New Orleans Trip Makes Local Impact
Pictured above, a group of BC alumni on the service trip take a moment to pose on the Gulf Coast.
From January 13–19, some 40 BC alumni participated in the first formal Alumni Association service trip to the Gulf Coast. Alumni from as far afield as California and Connecticut, and ranging in age from recent grads to Golden Eagles, assisted in the reconstruction and cleanup efforts of the hard-hit St. Bernard Parish area, which is adjacent to New Orleans's Lower 9th Ward.
The BC contingent partnered with the St. Bernard Project, an organization cofounded by Liz McCartney '94 that has rebuilt more than 45 homes in the area. This BC connection carried with it special meaning.
"I had been interested in going to New Orleans so I was excited when BC organized this service trip for alumni," offered Jessica DeCosta '07. "Being with other alumni on such a meaningful project makes this an extra special experience. It also makes me proud of my alma mater. These are the kinds of programs that remind us that we can make a difference in the world."
Dianne Duffin '63, associate director of the Alumni Association's Office of Spirituality and Service, reported that more than 300 alumni inquired about participating in the trip—an indication that the spirit of service remains strong among the graduate population.