Every spring break, Dordt College 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 seven letters of support with their application. The location where a student will serve is generated based on the student’s top three 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.