The Newman Outreach Project is the Service Immersion Experience Program of the Newman Community. This program is at the heart of the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry. Students begin their preparation months before their trip. In weekly meetings they explore Catholic Social Teaching, learn about the communities they will be visiting, and grow together as a group. Coupled with these meetings is a fundraising effort, enlisting the support of friends, family, and other Hokies.
While there are many opportunities for service at Virginia Tech, NOP is different in its approach. Students see themselves as accompanying a community, growing in relationships with those they serve, and being open to any needs of the community. It is less about building a roof and more about building a relationship. Instead of telling others where we would like to serve, we give voice to those we come in contact with.
Each year Hokies will be a part of the NOP experience, serving both domestically and abroad.
These experiences give students the opportunity to put their faith in action by serving others, sharing and growing in community, and deepening their faith life. Applications for Spring Break Trips happen in the fall semester.
In years past, students have traveled to Mexico, Kentucky, Mississippi, Michigan, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. This year students will serve in five different locations: Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia; Mound Bayou, Mississippi; Louisville, Kentucky; Emmitsburg, Maryland; and Cholula, Mexico.
For more information on the Newman Outreach Project, please contact Chris Hitzelberger (firstname.lastname@example.org).