March 24th – 29, 2018

Co-sponsored by CCES & Residential Life

PLU students will engage in service, exploration and learning activities in the Parkland area. Community partners include L’Arche Tahome Hope Farm and Gardens, Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, and Emergency Food Network.

Trip Leaders: Warren Neeley, Luke Ruiz, & Nicole Gonzales

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 16th

 Questions?  Email Warren Neeley at

Students gather for a picture at L'Arche Farm.

2018 Tentative Schedule

Saturday, March 24th, 7-9 pm in Ordal Main Lounge

  • Introductions, Icebreakers, and Program Overview
  • Pizza provided by Jess Takla, Residential Life.

Sunday March 25th, 11:30am-9 pm in Ordal Main Lounge

  • Parkland Tour
  • Spaghetti Dinner

Monday, March 26th, 9am-3 pm in Ordal Main Lounge

  • Gardening Project at Trinity Lutheran Garden of Edible Grace
  • Dinner TBA

Tuesday, March 27th, 9am-1 pm in Ordal Main Lounge

  • Volunteer at L’Arche Tahoma Hope Community Farm
  • Dinner TBA

Wednesday, March 28th, 8am- 3pm in Ordal Main Lounge

  • Habitat Build with Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
  • Dinner TBA

Thursday, March 29th, 12pm-6pm in Ordal Main Lounge

  • Repacking Project at Emergency Food Network, 12-2:30 p.m.
  • Reflection & Program Evaluations in Ordal Main Lounge, 4-6 p.m.

Repack Project at EFN
Repacking apples at Emergency Food Network Warehouse in Lakewood.
Habitat for Humanity students working
Students building with Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.

Student Reflections

“This was a very informative and I got to learn a lot more about the Parkland community. I definitely loved the breakfast with community members.”

“I really enjoyed the EFN project because it was a great time to bond with the rest of the Parkland Immersion participants and to see the immediate impact of volunteering.”

“LOVED L’arche, it was just incredible there. I hope to volunteer again, and I hope the spring break parkland program goes there for many years to come. The final reflection was definitely a great way to wrap things up.”

“The two activities that resonated with me where working at Trinity’s community dinner and at L’Arche Farm because I got to connect with a lot of different people and see that we are all the same just in unique ways.”

Students engaged in post-service reflection.