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Wolfpack gives back on Nov. 5

October 21, 2011

Students help paint at the Odyssey House during Wolves on the Prowl in 2010.

Loyola University New Orleans alumni, family, friends, staff and students are encouraged to show their ’Pack pride on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the 12th annual Wolves on the Prowl national day of service. The day begins with prayer and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the St. Charles Room, located in the Danna Student Center. Projects begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m., with an after-party in the Residential Quad. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for registered participants.

Wolves on the Prowl, planned and led by Loyola’s Alumni Association and Student Government Association, pairs volunteers from the Loyola community with programs throughout the country that need help. Last year, more than 550 people participated, including alumni from 17 cities across the nation.

“One of Loyola’s missions is to prepare students to lead meaningful lives with and for others, and I can’t think of a better opportunity for everyone to come together, turn these words into reality, and help inspire everyone, not just in New Orleans, but all across the country,” said Loyola University New Orleans President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

This year, volunteers will be working primarily in Loyola’s own backyard. Projects include:

  • The New Freret—Volunteers will work along the Freret Street corridor weeding, collecting garbage and removing graffiti.
  • Green Charter School—Volunteers will work in the school and in the Edible School Yard.
  • Common Ground Nursery Project
  • The Good Shepherd School—Volunteers will coordinate a field day for students of the Good Shepherd School.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank—Volunteers will assist in receiving, sorting and packaging food.

“Wolves on the Prowl is a great community event that students, faculty, staff and alumni should all participate in,” said Loyola SGA President Michael Morin. “It is a unique experience that the Jesuit universities across the nation participate in and is a way for Loyola to give back to the New Orleans area that provides us with such an amazing college experience.”

Alumni across the country will also take part in volunteer activities on Nov. 5, as well as other dates. On Oct 29, alumni in the Boston area will prepare and distribute canned goods and food packages to the needy. In Washington, D.C., volunteers will assist in preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for the area’s homeless on Nov. 19. In Los Angeles, they will help with a blood drive, and in Atlanta and Baton Rouge, they will restore gardens in those cities. Other chapter cities participating in days of service include Lafayette, La., Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami (Nov. 30), New York, Raleigh, N.C. (Nov. 19), St. Louis, and Tampa.

For more information on Wolves on the Prowl, contact Allison Waldron at awaldron@loyno.edu or 504-861-5789.

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