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Children from the Interfaith Hospitality Network at last years holiday event.
Dove Children from Interfaith Hospitality Network
Get in the Christmas spirit early – help DOVE fulfill its mission.

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 it most.

“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:
DOVE
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.

About DOVE
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 kitchen.
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:
Kaitlyn Calabro
(973) 378-2654
kaitlyn.calabro@shu.edu

 

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