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FEATURES

Wheeling Jesuit alumni, students
and employees aid WV flood victims

Twenty-seven Wheeling Jesuit          sisters and brothers as they begin    WJU community followed the
University students, faculty and      the task of rebuilding their lives,”  Bishop’s call to action and plan
alumni spent a day in July helping    said Beth Collins, director of the    to continue to serve our neigh-
two families in Clendenin, West       Appalachian Institute.                bors with more service trips in the
Virginia begin to rebuild following                                         future,” said WJU President, Rev.
the devastating flooding that took        Through its Clifford M. Lewis,    James Fleming, S.J.
place last summer.                    S.J. Appalachian Institute and the
                                      Service for Social Action Center          During the day of service, the
    Like so many others from          (SSAC), Collins and Colleen Ryan      WJU volunteers helped two fam-
across the state and country,         Mayrand, SSAC director, coordi-       ilies. At the first house, the group
Wheeling Jesuit University lent a     nated the trip and hosted other       tore up flooring and removed tile
hand to help residents who were       trips around the state — trips that   and walls. Three students were in a
impacted by recent flooding.          included WJU students, employ-        crawl space tearing out insulation
                                      ees and alumni, as well as enlisting  and plastic pipes.
    “This is personal for us because  the aid of outside groups from
the flooding affected not only our    Jesuit school partners.                   Gabbie Marcum, a 2016 grad-
state, but many of our friends and                                          uate and Huntington native, said,
family have been impacted by              “Following the flooding, Bish-    “Helping others is what the people
this tragedy. It’s part of our mis-   op Bransfield called on all West      of West Virginia and Wheeling
sion to help those in need, and       Virginians to not only pray for all   Jesuit are about. West Virginia
we wanted to be there to help our     those affected, but to help. The      and WJU taught me how import-

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