While Nicole Covone, director of library services at the North Miami Campus, regularly gives back in South Florida, she recently globalized her community service during a 10-day missionary trip to Peru. Covone and eight other members of Running 4 the Gold, a women’s ministry through the Christ the Rock Community Church in Cooper City, Fla. Raised funds for the trip and supplies.
Their original volunteer site was at a lunchroom in Lurin that feeds 150 children daily. “About $150 can run the children’s lunchroom for a month —$150 is almost nothing here,” Covone says. When the group learned from other missionaries about a destroyed church, La Viña de los Melagros, in Cañeta, a town badly damaged from last summer’s earthquake, they traveled to the site to offer assistance.
“It was culture shock,” Covone said, describing how people in Cañeta lived in tents after their homes were destroyed. She hopes to return to Peru again with Running 4 the Gold. Every three to four months, the group returns to the same sites to build relationships and bring goods, clothing and services to the impoverished areas.