Loras College is recognized nationally for service. Many students are committed to service and social justice as a way of life.
Loras offers a variety of week long service trips scheduled throughout the year. Every year, over 100 Loras students, faculty and staff go out on weeklong service trips across the country and abroad. Below are few of our signature service trips.
Thanksgiving Break– McKee, KY
This trip is focused on helping the local residents at St. Paul’s Parish. Students work on housing improvements, visit with elderly and learn about the Appalachian people. Students also organize a Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment for residents of the area.
January Term Break– New Orleans, LA
Students work with the St. Bernard Project to help rebuild houses from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac. These efforts help with rebuilding homes and also rebuilding the lives of the citizens of the area.
Working with the Sisters of St. Francis, students assist with outreach in local high schools, after school tutoring programs, home repair throughout the community, presence to the elderly, as well as, learn about the history and culture of the area.
The Brother David Darst Center offers an urban immersion experience focused on justice, peace, spirituality, and education. Students will work at soup kitchens and shelters in the city. The team will also discuss social and economic changes as well as urban poverty and homelessness.
Spring Break– Flores, Honduras
Students spend time with the children at our various sites around the Comayagua Valley, visit English classes, partake in daily spiritual activities, work on labor projects, visit the local towns, and do sports and crafts with the children.
New Orleans, LA
Students continue to assist with the devastation and reconstruction left behind by Hurricane Katrina. The team will do hands on work while working hand in hand with the people of the New Orleans community in order to help them rebuild their lives.
On this trip, volunteers take part in an immersion experience that blends service, prayer and a simple community lifestyle at the Glenmary Farm. The team works on construction projects, in nursing homes, adult daycare centers, and a food pantry. They also work on activities around the farm and in the community.