Wheeling Jesuit softball team volunteers in local community

  WJU News
  Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:47 AM
  Athletics, WJU News, Service

Wheeling, WV

Over the weekend, Wheeling Jesuit University's softball team spent time volunteering at Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center and Grow Ohio Valley. Both of these organizations are dedicated to improving and helping the local community through anti-hunger programs and housing assistance, meal-deliveries, promoting healthy eating, and creating cleaner environments. 

The team visited these two organizations on Saturday, Jan. 12. They helped renovate an old apartment building, prepare meals for families in need, and were even able to meet and interact with some of the community members who use the organizations' services.  

"This past week, our team spent time with Catholic Charities and Grow Ohio Valley. These are two wonderful organizations in the Wheeling area. For many of the girls who don’t get to do service very often, it was an eye-opening experience as any service trip usually is. I was specifically in the group that worked with Grow Ohio Valley and we got to see how they were turning over apartments to provide affordable housing for their volunteers. They had turned a run-down apartment into something that was beautiful, and it was fun getting to help with the effort. It was exciting getting to learn about a new organization that many of us were not familiar with," said Brianna Grimes, a senior member of the softball team. 

Servicing the local community has become a part of the softball team's culture. Not only do they volunteer with Catholic Charities and Grow Ohio Valley, they also volunteer each year at the Mt. St. Joseph's Annual Spaghetti Dinner and help to prepare plates, serve drinks, and clean up afterwards. 

Grimes added, "Our coaching staff believes that there are things greater in life than just the sport of softball, and encourages us to do service whenever we get the chance. The people who we have worked with in the past were always so excited to see us and knew that we would get the work completed that needed to be done. The experience of volunteering with my team allows us to bond outside of our sport. Service provides us with the opportunity to learn more about each other while doing work that benefits our community."

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.  

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