Get in the Christmas spirit early – help DOVE fulfill its mission.
Children from the Interfaith Hospitality Network at last years holiday event.
It seems like a given – sitting down for a family dinner during the
holidays. But for some families, not only is dinner hard to come by, but
enjoying a filling holiday meal is few and far between.
Seton Hall’s Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) is partnering with
the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) to host a special holiday meal
for the 125 homeless and formerly homeless families served by IHN.
Bringing something special to people in need is characteristic of DOVE’s
endeavor to fulfill Seton Hall’s mission, but they aren’t able to
afford this event on their own. With a fundraising goal of $2,000, DOVE
is asking for your help to bring a holiday meal to the families who need
“When IHN mentioned they needed a host, I was deeply saddened that
we didn’t have the extra funds in our budget to help,” Michelle
Peterson, director of DOVE says. “I thought about how influential DOVE
and our service projects have been in our students’ lives, and I
realized that’s a feeling many alumni and employees share too.”
Even a modest gift will help provide a meal and share the spirit of
the holidays with a family who may not have experienced it in years.
“It’s about putting others before yourself, something Seton Hall has always
instilled in its students,” Peterson says.
No department better exemplifies the mission of Seton Hall than the
Division of Volunteer Efforts. DOVE students are truly servant leaders
who help our local and international communities through volunteerism,
donations, and love. Through DOVE, Seton Hall students mentor the
children who are in the IHN program, providing them with after school
help and enrichment during their time of homelessness.
This is a particularly meaningful cause for DOVE and the IHN, as this
is a chance to do something they’ve never been able to before. DOVE
planned the event; student volunteers will staff the dinner; all that is
left is securing funds. “We ask to you please consider making a gift to
the DOVE-IHN Fund to help with this special event,” Peterson says. “I
know we can raise the funds, but we can’t do it without your help.”
To make a donation, please visit Our Giving Page
Or to mail a check, address it to:
Attn: Roe Macaluso
457 Centre Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
About The Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County is dedicated to
providing shelter, direct services, and housing assistance to homeless
families with help from volunteers and community partners. Last year,
203 individuals benefitted from the shelter’s services. For more
information about IHN, visit www.ihnessexnj.org.
DOVE is a way for Seton Hall students to respond to the ongoing call
for social justice by serving others and the local community. DOVE’s
programs encourage faith in action and servant leadership. The
department current works with over ten local agencies six days a week.
Students volunteer in a variety of roles, from student mentoring to
visiting the elderly in nursing homes or serving food at the Newark soup
Through these volunteer efforts, DOVE seeks to aid Seton Hall in its
commitment to graduated well educated professionals and compassionated
individuals rooted in and guided by faith. For more information about
DOVE, visit http://www.shu.edu/catholic-mission/dove-programs.cfm.
For more information please contact: