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Wolf Pack gives back Oct. 20

Loyola press release - October 5, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans alumni, family, friends, staff and students are encouraged to show their Pack pride on Saturday, Oct. 20 during the 13th annual Wolves on the Prowl national day of service. The day begins with prayer and breakfast at 8 a.m. in the St. Charles Room, located in the Danna Student Center. Projects begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for registered participants.

Wolves on the Prowl, planned and led by Loyola’s Alumni Association, Office of Mission and Ministry and the Student Government Association, pairs volunteers from the Loyola community with programs throughout the country that need help.

“It’s a tradition we are proud of,” said Leigh Thorpe ’03, co-chair of the 2012 Wolves on the Prowl Committee.

“We are really hoping to involve more alumni in the New Orleans Wolves on the Prowl this year. Student leaders from prominent organizations and programs on campus will be paired with alumni who were involved in the same organizations and programs as students. We hope this will provide an opportunity for students to network with alumni while engaging in community service around the New Orleans area.”

Nick Poché ’03, also a co-chair of the committee, shares Thorpe’s enthusiasm. “As students and alumni of a Jesuit University, it is important that we all make an effort in our daily lives to pause and remember our commitment to service,” Poché said.

Projects this year include:

  • Field Day for Good Shepherd School—Sixty children from GSS will descend on the Residential Quad, where volunteers will host a series of friendly athletic competitions among the students.
  • NOLA Green Roots—Volunteers will work on readying the Wise Words Community Garden in Mid-City for the harvest season.
  • Green Light New Orleans—Volunteers will assist with GLNO’s “Tip the Block” initiative in the Leonidas neighborhood by distributing and installing free compact fluorescent light bulbs to residents. Residents will also receive information about how to save energy and money in several other ways as well.
  • Common Ground Relief Nursery—Volunteers will help transplant young wetlands grasses and prepare them for planting in the Gulf.

Past Wolves on the Prowl projects have included wetlands restoration, early childhood development, neighborhood beautification, food sorting and distribution, and more. Breakfast, lunch, bottled water and transportation to and from the volunteer site is included. Volunteers are asked to arrive dressed in work clothes and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Alumni across the country will also take part in volunteer activities on Oct. 20, as well as other dates. On Oct. 27, alumni in the Nashville, Tenn., area will participate in “Hands on Nashville,” a home energy savings project to help improve the energy efficiency of low income homes. On Nov. 3, alumni in Las Vegas, Nev., will serve dinner to the homeless and in Denver, Colo., they will package medical supplies for distribution in developing countries. Other chapter cities participating in days of service include Atlanta, Boston, Central Florida, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Lafayette, La., New York City, Phoenix, Raleigh, N.C., San Diego and Shreveport, La.

For more information on Wolves on the Prowl, contact Laurie Leiva at leleiva@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5419.

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