Community service

Hundreds Participate in Outreach Tulane, a Student-Led Day of Community Service

Outreach Tulane, the university’s largest and oldest student-run community service event, was held on Saturday, August 27 in the New Orleans area. The event, organized by the Tulane Center for Public Service and the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students (CACTUS), included more than 500 Tulanean volunteers who assisted 28 community partners.

The event, in its 32n/a year, is an annual Tulane tradition that upholds the university’s motto, “Non sibi, sed suis,” meaning “Not for oneself, but for oneself.”

“Starting the year with a large-scale service event encourages Tulanians to continue their commitment to community service. Outreach Tulane this year was a huge success thanks to everyone who came together for a great Tulane tradition! said Bridget Lindgren, student and president of Outreach Tulane.

(Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano and Rusty Costanza)

Akhil Chandran, a graduate student at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, chats with other outreach volunteers while waiting to board buses that will take them to service partner sites. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Healthy snacks are offered to volunteers when they go to the various places of service.  Over 850 students have signed up as volunteers.

Healthy snacks are offered to volunteers when they go to the various places of service. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Students board buses along Rue Freret.

Students board buses along Rue Freret. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Tulane Jr. and Outreach Executive Committee Member Katie McCormick organizes clothing at the Dress for Success New Orleans chapter store.

Tulane Jr. and Outreach Board Member Katie McCormick organizes clothing at the boutique of the New Orleans chapter of Dress for Success, an organization that empowers women by providing support networks, professional attire and tools to help women thrive in their careers and lives. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

A dozen students receive instruction while volunteering with Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) in Uptown New Orleans.

A dozen students receive instruction while volunteering with Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) which works to improve the reading skills of junior elementary students. (Photo by Rusty Costanza)

Kat Holtz carries an armful of books to Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) in downtown New Orleans.

Kat Holtz carries an armful of books to Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR). (Photo by Rusty Costanza)

Tulane junior Ian Michelson wipes the windows of the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Tulane junior Ian Michelson wipes the windows of the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LASPCA). (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Erin Lindgreen, center, and fellow Tulane University students Nicholas Eclstein, left, and Kat Holtz, right, prepare boxes for reading materials for students participating in the Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) program ).

Erin Lindgreen, center, and fellow Tulane students Nicolas Eckstein, left, and Kat Holtz, right, prepare boxes of reading materials for students participating in the Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) program. (Photo by Rusty Costanza)

Gaja Palubinskas, left, and Kate Meador harvest okra at Sugar Roots Farm in Lower Algiers.

Gaja Palubinskas, left, and Kate Meador harvest okra at Sugar Roots Farm in Lower Algiers. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)