North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central hosts Intersection: A day of service April 24

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For the fourth year, North Central College is rallying families, church groups, businesses and other volunteers, including the College's students, faculty and staff to participate at Intersection. Volunteers will give one day of service on Saturday, April 24, to build, clean, landscape, work and play to help others and make a difference in our communities.

This full day of service will benefit seven service agencies and projects in Naperville, Aurora and Plainfield. Volunteers can choose one of these sites and serve alongside local residents: Loaves and Fishes, Calvary Food Pantry, Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry, Bryan House, Triple Threat Mentoring, World Relief and Lifespring Women's Shelter.

• Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville works to end hunger in neighboring communities. Volunteers will assist with food distribution, sorting, hospitality breakfast table for pantry clients, and food collections at local grocery stores.
• Calvary Food Pantry in Naperville has operated a food and clothing pantry for three decades at the original location of Calvary Church at 129 W. Benton Ave., also the site for North Central College's The Union. Help with inside and outside renovation projects.
• Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry in Plainfield serves some 125 families each month within School District 202. Help restock shelves, clean and work on outdoor landscaping projects.
• Bryan House in Aurora is a home for refugee families. Help with spring cleaning, minor apartment rehab projects, memorial garden and landscaping maintenance, and host a cookout and games for refugee families and children.
• Triple Threat Mentoring in Aurora works to empower under-resourced youth in East Aurora to develop confidence, character and life skills by engaging them in athletics, academics and the arts. Help lead and participate in activities for children, teens and families at the Jericho Circle housing community and host a neighborhood cookout.
• World Relief in Aurora serves the local refugee and immigrant population. Help with cleaning and maintenance projects at St. David's Episcopal Church, the facility World Relief uses to host tutoring programs for refugee children. Also, host a cookout lunch for neighboring refugee families.
• Lifespring Women's Shelter in Aurora is a ministry of Wayside Cross and long-term transitional living program for women and their children who are homeless due to addiction, abuse or finances. Help paint apartments for residents and serve at the Wayside Cross community store and warehouse.

The Intersection day of service begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Union, 129 W. Benton Ave. in Naperville with a brief program at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will serve at one of the sites from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a celebration event and dinner at 5 p.m. at The Lighthouse in Aurora. Maps and directions will be provided, as well as lunch at each location. Cost is $11/person and $5/North Central students and goes toward project supplies and meals.

To register, visit Volunteers can choose the project and site where they want to serve. North Central College's Office of Ministry and Service is coordinating the event. For more information contact Jeremy Gudauskas, director of ministry and service, at 630-637-5417.

The College's Office of Ministry and Service encourages and challenges its students to live out their faith by serving others through its many year-round efforts in community service, social justice and community development. Participation in Intersection 2010 is one way North Central seeks to go beyond the borders of its campus to unite with the larger community and meet the needs of a diverse student population.

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