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Service is More than a Value.

A Catawba College Blog

Posted by Johnathon Boles '16, Associate Director of the Lilly Center

April 1, 2019

Category: Staff Blogs

johnathanboles.jpgco-vol-house.pngWhen was the last time you received a gift? How did that make you feel? I am sure you felt loved and cared for, or maybe even connected to the gift giver in some way because they took the time to understand who you are and the needs you have.

One of the most primary needs a person can have is housing. This need is exactly what the Catawba community rose up to serve alongside individuals from Livingstone College, Pfeiffer University, and the larger Salisbury community. On any given Saturday throughout this build, a diverse group of individuals could be found helping construct this home. Volunteer Catawba echos this idea in its slogan: “One campus. One community. One world.”

Although this project has not been without hiccups due to the rainy weather, volunteers have remained persistent in their efforts to see this house completed. As the construction of the co-sponsored Catawba and Livingstone Habitat Home nears its end, a new chapter begins in the lives of a local family of five.

Everyone has the capacity to serve, it transcends humankind, but not everyone chooses to personify this virtue in their life. Catawba folks impact deeply the community they are in because we live value centered lives and those values call us to act. Here at Catawba, we don’t just believe in service as a core value of our identity, no, we live it out in our mind, body, and soul.  


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