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Severna Park Resident Spends Winter Break Volunteering in New Orleans

Providence College recently completed a New Orleans mission trip, and a Severna Park resident was among the group.

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.

Noreen Dalisera February 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM
What an awesome project for all these students to give up their winter break to help others in need - proud the one of our SP Graduates that was among the group, thank you Mark Dushel! Looking forward to seeing articles on all the amazing projects like this from all of our local groups that have been traveling and working on helping others in devastated areas that need assistance.

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