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Manhattanville Lends a Hand in Camden, New Jersey
Thursday, 02 January 2014 12:18


From left: Community Service Coordinator Craig Donnelly, Alexis Moore ‘14, Thuy Trinh ‘16, Alexandra Espinal ‘16, Kaitlyn Angley ‘16, Yonathan Ledesma ‘16From left: Community Service Coordinator Craig Donnelly, Alexis Moore ‘14, Thuy Trinh ‘16, Alexandra Espinal ‘16, Kaitlyn Angley ‘16, Yonathan Ledesma ‘16
This December, a group of students from Manhattanville College traveled to Camden, New Jersey to take part in the Romero Center Ministries’ Urban Challenge Program, which aims to educate high school and college students on poverty, community service, and solidarity through various volunteering opportunities.

“We saw firsthand how poverty can affect a community, as well as how hope can lift it up. Through this incredible and humbling experience, we were inspired to live by Archbishop Oscar Romero’s words: ‘Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” Alexandra Espinal ‘16 said.

The group’s stay in Camden included meeting two people trying to recover from substance abuse, playing with toddlers at the local Martin Luther King Jr. Child Development Center, preparing food bags at the Food Bank of South Jersey, and meeting people and preparing a toy drive at the New Visions Homeless Day Shelter. The last night of the trip was spent at the Camden Youth for Truth Spoken Word Event, where teenagers performed original poetry pieces about the many struggles their city faces and the hope for improvement.

Along with Espinal, other Manhattanville students included Alexis Moore ‘14, Thuy Trinh ‘16, Kaitlyn Angley ‘16, and Yonathan Ledesma ’16. The students were accompanied by Craig Donnelly, community services coordinator for the Duchesne Center for Religion & Social Justice.

Visit the Romero Center’s website for more information about the organization.