Every spring break, Dordt University gives its students an opportunity to participate in a service project called Putting Love into Action, or PLIA. Each year, more than 100 students sign up to serve communities across the country. Students do a variety of jobs, including home repair, cleanup, and childcare. They also develop long-term relationships between Dordt and the organization the group serves.
While these are mission-service trips, groups also find time away for recreation or sightseeing.
Throughout the week, students grow closer to each other through social and devotional times. PLIA serves both as a means of growth for the community and as a means of spiritual growth in the students.
Applications are available during the school year and must be submitted with a deposit of $75, $85, or $95 (based on early bird deadlines). The overall cost for each student is approximately $350. Students are also required to submit ten letters of support with their application. The location where a student will serve is generated based on the student’s top five site choices.
Some students do not collect the full $350, but other individuals, churches, or businesses make larger donations. As a result, no student is ever turned down for PLIA based on shortage of funds. Generally, Dordt uses this method to raise the nearly $50,000 required each year—a beautiful picture of the body of Christ working together.
There are several options available to those who wish to donate online, just choose 'PLIA' as your contribution area at the link below: