While most college students head home for fall break a handful of students from a university in Omaha, Nebraska traveled to the valley to make a difference in our community.
While it’s not a rare sight to see helping hands at the White Violet Center, the decade long partnership between the Sisters of Providence and Creighton University is unique.
“Well, that program has a lot of connections to various parts around the U.S. As I said it’s very service based, so there are seven main pilliars and kind of depending on how you go through orientation what you are most interested in or most passionate about,” said Creighton Student Ameer Chugtai.
That’s why Ammer Chughtai is here. Over the summer this garden served its part, now as winter quickly approches it needs an extra hand to make sure it can serve that vital role again next year.
“Mainly what they are doing is helping do big projects. So we regularly have volunteers come in and help us with our day to day work, but when we have a group of people that come in and can stay with us for an extended period that gives us an opprotunity to do some of the larger things that just can’t be done in an hour or two,” said White Violet Center Ad Robyn Morton.
The students will be on campus all week, even staying in the guest house. That way they can get the full experience of the culture at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
“An important part of their service trip is really getting the opprotunity to socialize with the sister’s. Thats one of the reasons so many of the students want to come here,” said Morton.
“Like as a human life is always about learning. Every minute of every day you can learn something so to do something other than going back home and lazying around, you go to a different place no where you known before and really just learn.”
It’s not all hard work. Tonight the Creighton students will play bingo with the sisters; a fun event the sisters enjoy. There are also arts and crafts planned through out the week as well.