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New UP students take 'plunge' into projects, service

Dozens of incoming University of Portland freshmen and transfer students will spend the next two days volunteering on projects across the city as part of the Moreau Center’s annual Service Plunge.

Starting Tuesday, Aug. 25, 107 incoming freshmen and others will arrive early at the North Portland campus to volunteer for 10 cleanup and improvement projects across the city.

Before the university school year begins on Aug. 31, students will work at local schools and other organizations. On Aug. 25, the students will work at Sabin School, 4013 N.E. 18th Ave., from 2 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 26, students will work from 9 a.m. to noon at Harper’s Playground, 2525 N. Dekum St.; at Astor School, 5601 N. Yale St.; with Friends of Trees, 10150 N.E. Sixth Drive; at Bridgetown Inc., 1732 N.W. Quimby St.; at the Linnton Community Center, 10614 N.W. St. Helens Road; at Holy Cross Catholic School, 5202 N. Bowdoin St.; at Cesar Chavez School, 5103 N. Willis Blvd.; at Our United Villages/The Rebuilding Center, 3625 N. Mississippi Ave.’; and at the Oregon Food Bank, 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive.

“The Service Plunge is a special experience for freshman and transfer students, as this will be their first impression of what life at the University of Portland will be like,” said student leader Payton Bushaw.

“Our goal is to show them that no matter where they are in their journey they can make a difference,” said student leader Sarah Twomey Bones. “We hope that this is a fun experience that opens doors to service opportunities here in the Portland community.”

The university’s Moreau Center helps students develop “skills, knowledge, and habits to serve the world through hope, compassion and solidarity,” according to its mission statement. It was named for the Rev. Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.