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Asst. Pirate Life Editor issues challenge: Participate in Public Service Month

February is Public Service Month, an annual tradition at Seton Hall, sponsored by the Career Center. With all we are lucky to have, as college students, it is important that we remember to give back to our communities.

Seton Hall students could benefit from a bit of community service. I know for me personally, community and volunteer service can do lasting good for the mind. Instead of only focusing on school, work, internships and everything else that plagues the life of a typical hard-working student, it can come as a huge relief to devote a couple hours to caring about someone else's problems. As students, we always concern ourselves with our own needs, which is of course important. But to become selfless, functioning members of society, we should do well to think about the needs of our community as a whole.

My challenge to Seton Hall students is to dedicate a little bit of their time each week to some sort of community service. If you don't know what you could possibly do with your time, think about what you enjoy doing, and what your interests are, and how that can translate to your service.

For instance, if you are an outdoors-type and love animals, consider volunteering at the New Jersey Animal Coalition, located on Walton Avenue in South Orange. Or maybe you are a vibrant, lively person, in which case you might be perfect for volunteering to tutor and play with local youth as part of the Don Bosco program. If you want to help make a difference by doing something as simple as hanging out with your friends, consider registering for and participating in Seton Hall's Relay for Life when it comes to campus on April 15.

Many organizations on campus can help you get started if you're new to volunteer service. DOVE will often chaperone and transport students to community service events, including mission trips, weekly and bi-weekly visits to nearby locations such as St. John's Soup Kitchen and the Community Food Bank. Some fraternities, such as Alpha Phi Omega, are service-based, and will sponsor service events throughout the semester that are open to anyone.

Here is another easy way to start your community service – the food drive throughout the month. All it takes is a donation of one item of canned food. Come on Seton Hall, and give a little bit back.

Erin Bell is a junior journalism major from Burlington, N.J. She can be reached at


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