The Service Plunge provides a select group of first-year students with the opportunity to create lasting bonds throughout their college career by participating in service projects, team-building experiences and leadership development activities.
A yearlong commitment, the Service Plunge begins with a month-long "Get to Know Newport" experience, which includes one service or social activity each week. During Columbus Day weekend, students retreat to a local campground, where activities could include a ropes course, forestry cleanup and serving dinner at a local shelter.
Service Plunge Facilitators
Savannah DaCruz '17
Major: English communications and psychology
An AmeriCorps scholar, DaCruz completes her service hours at Child & Family. She participated in the 2013 Service Plunge and is also taking CCD classes at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. "Community service is a great way to create unity, develop friendships and meet people from all different walks of life," DaCruz says. Her experience as a plunger last fall shaped her decision to become a facilitator.
Joshua Ng '17
Major: Chemistry and biology
Ng is a work-study student in the Office of Community Service. He participated in the 2013 Service Plunge and facilitated the 2013 Service Plunge 2.0. Ng is a member of the student club L.E.A.D. In high school, he volunteered in Costa Rica, helping to save sea turtles from poachers.
Jasmine Ngan '17
Ngan participated in the 2013 Service Plunge and Alternative Spring Break, and is currently an active member of AmeriCorps. She has completed more than 200 service hours at local nonprofits, mostly at Child & Family. An active member of the Salve Regina community, Ngan is a member of the Multicultural Student Organization and Protect Our Wildlife.
Morgan Rayner '16
Major: Social Work
Rayner participated in the 2011 Service Plunge, facilitated the 2012 Service Plunge and served as a senior facilitator for Service Plunge 2.0 in 2013. She has completed more than 600 hours of service at local nonprofits and participated in the 2014 service trip to Nicaragua. Rayner is an RA for 50 sophomores and served as an Orientation leader. She is organizing the SRyou student exposition as the volunteer coordinator, is a Student Government Association senator, represents the social work Class of 2015, is a member of Red Watch and is the Institutional Disability Advisory Committee’s student representative.
Joseph Santa Maria '16
Santa Maria is a work-study student at the Sullivan Fitness Center. He participated in the 2012 Service Plunge and Service Plunge 2.0 in 2013 and 2014 and facilitated the 2013 Service Plunge. Santa Maria is a member of AmeriCorps and has completed 300 hours of service, mostly at Child & Family. He has also served as a mentor for Mission Possible! at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. Santa Maria served as the public relations coordinator for the Alliance and enjoys being an active member of the Salve Regina community.