University Communications

IU Freshmen Conduct Service Project

Approximately 250 first-year students from Immaculata University will be helping the community by cleaning up several public spaces throughout Philadelphia on Saturday, August 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The annual service project, entitled “Macs Giving Back” is part of Immaculata’s First Year Experience (FYE) program that extends throughout the Fall semester.

This year, the service trip complements the students’ Common Reader, “The Other Wes Moore,” which details the struggles of the author, Wes Moore, to escape crime and poverty while also chronicling the lives of those who did not escape.  The book challenges readers to consider how their environment affects them, and how they can affect positive change in their environments.

“With this powerful message in mind, “Macs Giving Back” seeks to help those who help others by working to improve eight high-need locations in the Philadelphia area,” stated Mike Sparrow, manager of Academic Success Services at Immaculata University and coordinator of the service trips.

Groups of 40 students and FYE mentors and staff from Immaculata University will descend upon eight locations including:

  • Center in the Park (5818 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia).
    Clean various rooms and touch-up paint
  • Feltonville Recreational Center (231-37 East Wyoming Avenue, Philadelphia). Paint walls and gym
  • Girard College (2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia)
    Clean, paint, organize
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic School (1522 North Wanamaker Street, Philadelphia)
    Clean and organize the classrooms
  • Haddington Multi-Services for Older Adults (5331-41 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia)
    Clean basement, visit with seniors, weed rose garden
  • Juniata Park Older Adult Center (1251 East Sedgley Avenue, Philadelphia)
    Organize Thrift Store closet, Arts and Crafts room, and Library
  • Norris Square Project (2141 North Howard Street, Philadelphia)
    Clean, paint kitchen, organize library
  • Shepard Recreation Center (5700 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia)
    Paint mural, inside of pool and lifeguard chairs, weed around basketball court

Sparrow commented, “It is vitally important that students understand that they can make a meaningful and positive change to the communities in which they live.”

Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.