Mark Dushel, a resident of Severna Park and a member of Providence College's class of 2014, recently participated in the college's annual New Orleans, L.A. (NOLA) 2013 trip.
NOLA is a faith-based service trip created in response to the needs of post-Katrina New Orleans. It has become a popular alternative winter break experience for students over the past five years, according to a release from Providence College.
The trip aids the New Orleans community while exposing students to the faith, food and culture of the Gulf Coast, according to the release.
From Jan. 12 to 19, Dushel, a philosophy and business major, along with 13 other PC students, interacted with multiple service groups and agencies in the area, including Green Light New Orleans, the Harry Tompson Center, the Jesuit Volunteers in NOLA, and the St. Bernard Project.
The students also volunteered with the Lower Ninth Ward Village in an area very much impacted by Hurricane Katrina and still in need of revitalization, according to the release.