Students and staff from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies picked hundreds of pounds of sweet potatoes for the local nonprofit Bread for the City.
The day was gorgeous. The work was muddy. The payoff was immediate and quite tangible—hundreds of pounds of sweet potatoes that will be distributed to vulnerable Washington, D.C., residents for the Thanksgiving holiday.
More than 20 students and staff from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies helped pick the vegetables Saturday, October 10, in the rain-soaked fields of City Orchard, an organic farm near Beltsville, Maryland, that is owned by the local nonprofit Bread for the City.
“I think service activities where you can be social, get your hands dirty, and visibly see the impact of the work that you are doing are the most rewarding,” said Sandra Moynihan, a student in the Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications (PRCC) program. “Doing hands-on service activities almost always reinvigorates my love for the community and makes me want to look for other ways to get involved.”
The students’ efforts benefited an organization that has been providing food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to D.C. residents for more than 20 years. Last year, Bread for the City’s Chief Executive Officer, George Jones, was given Georgetown’s John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award for his longtime leadership of the anti-poverty organization.