By Dan DiPrinzio
In summer 2008, Elizabeth “Beth” Briggs ’10 spent eight weeks on a service immersion trip to Ethiopia as a Catholic Relief Services intern, where she worked on a food security program.
And that is just one of her service endeavors.
In the past, she has traveled to West Virginia for service as part of Cabrini’s Project Appalachia program,and served on the Cabrini College Poverty Awareness Committee. She is a CRS Ambassador for food security. Through the College’s partnership with the neighboring community of Norristown, Briggs has volunteered at the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center.
As a result of her dedication, in 2009 Briggs received the Commonwealth Good Citizenship Scholarship, awarded by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. The $1,000 scholarship is presented to students who have shown extraordinary commitment to community service, and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities.
“I believe strongly in the power and importance of not only community service, but also social justice,” said Briggs, a psychology and sociology major.
“I feel that everyone should find at least one charitable cause to be passionate about, and commit time in their life to this cause. Not only does it benefit the needy, it also benefits the person engaging in the service.”