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Tewksbury Woman Spent Spring Break Volunteering in FL

Assumption College

WORCESTER, MA -- Andrea DiCiaccio, of Tewksbury, Class of 2022, participated in a weeklong service immersion trip through Assumption College's SEND program during spring break, which took place the week of March 9. DiCiaccio was a member of the group that traveled to Immokalee, FL, where students rehabilitated houses with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County and engaged with children at the Guadalupe Center and a Boys and Girls Club, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving life for families in the community. Throughout the service week, students learned about the various social justice issues involved with migrant farm working through action with the Student Farmworker Alliance and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers who work to raise awareness of worker rights and to build a vibrant Fair Food community across the nation. They also learned about the long-term impacts of chronic stress on child physical and mental health when they met with the leading research psychologist during a visit to Florida State University's Immokalee campus.

The College's SEND Service Immersion Program, sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, offers nearly a dozen serving-learning trips throughout the year-during winter, spring, and summer break-in which students make a meaningful difference in the communities in which they serve. Reflecting the College's mission, the SEND Program provides students the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith while helping those in need.

During this alternative spring break, five groups of students volunteered in communities along the East Coast, working with local Habitat for Humanity chapters in Baltimore, MD; Georgetown, DE; Norristown, PA; and Immokalee, FL, as well as Catholic Charities, Boys and Girls Club, and the Student Farmworker Alliance. Those students who ventured to Washington, DC, worked with the City Service Mission organization.

Learn more about the SEND Service Immersion Program and Assumption's Campus Ministry program by visiting www.assumption.edu/campus-life/campus-ministry.

Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College is a Catholic liberal arts institution that offers undergraduate students 33 majors and 49 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master's and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs-each through an educational experience that is grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students-whether on the Worcester campus or at the College's Rome, Italy, campus-become engaged participants in Assumption's classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information about Assumption College, please visit www.assumption.edu.
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