Four years after it was conceived in South Bend, HANDS, a non-profit organization that provides yearlong volunteer opportunities with the goal of high social impact, continues to offer Saint Mary’s students the chance to assist Central American countries. Three Notre Dame students from Guatemala created HANDS in the summer of 2008. Maria Bosch, Stephanie Hurst and Mariana Diaz sought a way to make a difference in their country where poverty is a huge threat. The organization “creates alliances with organizations focused on sustainable development that assist economically distressed communities in Central America,” according to the HANDS website. According to the website, staff members at HANDS work year-round to “ensure a dynamic placement of volunteers that is in line with the interests of the volunteer and one that will integrate smoothly with the developing goals of the participating organization.” Meghan Lefeld, a junior at Saint Mary’s, is the HANDS volunteer recruiter for the College. “I volunteered abroad last fall break for HANDS,” Lefeld said. “I traveled with three other girls from Notre Dame and it was an experience of a lifetime.” Lefeld and the other students lived together with a host family in Antigua, Guatemala, and helped build a house for a low-income family. “I was involved in the housing and community development part when I stayed in Guatemala,” Lefeld said. “It was hard work, but so much fun at the same time.” As a volunteer recruiter, Lefeld said she informs Saint Mary’s students about the organization and encourages them to get involved with the non-profit. “HANDS gives Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students the opportunity to help people in need in the areas of education, housing and community development,” she said. “This is a chance for students to make a real difference in developing countries.” While Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are currently the only schools involved with HANDS, the organization hopes to reach out to other universities in the future. According to its website, “each month, the number of volunteers, projects and organizations supported by HANDS continues to rise, strengthening its effort and dedication to promoting social responsibility and action among youth around the world.” HANDS currently boasts 180 volunteers and supports 18 projects and 12 organizations, according to the organization’s website. “HANDS is available for students to volunteer over all breaks and they can apply on the website for volunteer work as well,” Lefeld said. Job and internship opportunities with HANDS can be found at www.handsorganization.org.
The win keeps the Coyotes (15-5, 11-4 California Collegiate Athletic Association), ranked 17th nationally, one game behind Humboldt State, which defeated Dominguez Hills 70-62, in conference. Cal State is also ranked first in the West Region, although that is likely to change next week because of the loss to the Broncos on Tuesday. “We were much more focused. We knew we had to take care of business,” senior wing Yoseph Yaisrael said. “We let two slip away and it’s too late in the season to be doing that.” Unlike the last several games, this outcome was never in doubt. The contest was knotted at 10 before the Coyotes took control with a 15-0 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Ivan Johnson, Yaisrael and David Reichel. That lead ballooned to 33 points in the second half at 59-26 on a fastbreak layup by Chet Johnson. The Coyotes allowed the Gators to cut the lead to 17 at 66-49, but restored order quickly to keep the blowout on track. “We needed some momentum back,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “We needed to feel positive about ourselves again. We had two games where we struggled. Tonight we made more plays. Hopefully this rolls over into (today).” Ivan Johnson did much of the damage with a season-high 23 points coming on 9-for-11 shooting from the field. Most impressive was the 6-foot-8 center’s 3-for-3 showing from long distance. He also contributed five rebounds, two blocks, three assists and three steals. SAN BERNARDINO – The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team had three days to sit and stew about its second loss of the season to local and conference rival Cal Poly Pomona. It helped, as the Coyotes played more focused in cruising to a 86-55 win over visiting San Francisco State Friday at Coussoulis Arena. Oliver used 12 players, 10 of whom figured in the scoring. Johnson led five Coyotes in double figures. Yaisrael and Greg Williams, Johnson’s backup, both had 13 points with Chet Johnson chipping in with 11 and Prentice Harris 10. The point guard duo of Marlon Pierce and Lance Ortiz combined for eight assists. “We lost two in a row. We’re not trying to lose any more,” Ivan Johnson said. “I was more focused. I wanted to go out there and be a factor early.” The Coyotes shot 49.3 percent (33-for-67) from the field and held the Gators (6-14, 2-13) to 38.9 percent (21-for-54) and forced 19 turnovers. Sophomore guards Alex Thomas and Will Logan led the Gators with 11 points each. Logan, an Apple Valley High School product, also tallied four rebounds and a steal. The Coyotes played without junior forward Joseph Tillman, who had surgery for a broken nose earlier in the day. He will be out for at least two weeks. Cal State continues its homestand tonight, playing host to Monterey Bay at 7:30 p.m. When the teams played earlier this season the Coyotes posted a slim 74-70 win, nearly blowing a 21-point lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!