Oct. 19, 2011
By Jim Wrobel
Special to GoHolyCross.com
Holy Cross student-athletes are well known for their positive contributions to the community following the school's mission of "men and women for others." Junior volleyball captain Elizabeth Watters is a shining example of this. Using the experience she received from her time at a summer internship, Watters, with members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, are determined to bring some comfort and happiness to local homeless children and their families.
Watters, who is a Religious Studies major and a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, spent this past summer as an intern at Project Night Night, a tax exempt charitable organization based in her hometown of San Francisco. Project Night Night provides homeless children with a new canvas tote bag that contains a blanket, a children's book and a stuffed animal. The charity, who partners with homeless shelters, has provided over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children through donations. The packages are designed to bring security, comfort and encourage family bonding.
To Watters, who believes it very important to give back to the community, this was a dream internship. "I was introduced to Project Night Night through my high school, St. Ignatius," said Watters. "Our Social Justice Club teamed up with PNN and collected blankets, books and stuffed animals. We organized the Night Night Packages and distributed them to shelters in San Francisco. My brother Chris always tells me, 'to those whom much is given, much is expected.' Throughout my life, I have been blessed, and now it is my responsibility to give back. Working at a non-profit is one of my dream jobs and PNN introduced me to this world. I enjoy learning about how they work and how they directly impact the community."
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