A college council serves its community by following the example set forth by our Order’s founder, the Venerable Father Michael McGivney. They look beyond the fraternal ties of their council’s membership, beyond the boundaries of their campus, and reach out to those in society whose needs are sometimes forgotten or occur suddenly as a result of a sudden disaster.
As members of this council returned to campus last fall, their community was suddenly inundated with rain. Some local communities received feet of flooding, displacing residents and washing away basic necessities.
Although they were just settling into their semester, this council assisted families in removing damaged items from their homes, ripping up carpet and drywall and giving them hope. In their first weekend alone, council members gave nearly 200 volunteer hours to those in need. These efforts continued into the semester as to the council helped their community rebuild.
For the exemplary response to their flooded community, this year’s award for Outstanding Community Service went to Council 14542 at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.