Get Involved: Operation Smile

We’re back this week with another way students are getting involved on campus! Last week, Noelia talked about The Tower; this week, she tells us about Operation Smile.

Catholic U. has well over 100 student-run organizations on campus and is always adding more. I joined one of the newest organizations, Operation Smile, which began at the start of the semester.

Operation Smile is an international non-profit organization that serves to help children that have cleft lip and cleft palate conditions with safe and well-timed surgeries.

Regina Vahey, a sophomore biomedical engineering major, has been involved with Operation Smile for years before becoming a student at Catholic. When she arrived on campus as a freshman, she made it her mission to start an Operation Smile chapter at Catholic. 

The chapter at Catholic U. is committed to promoting service, awareness, fundraising, and leadership for Operation Smile. So far, the CUA Operation Smile chapter has piqued the interest of many students from all different majors and backgrounds. The organization has many plans for its first semester including a bracelet making fundraiser, consistent monthly meetings, and a card-making event where students write encouraging messages to children across the globe receiving cleft lip or palate surgeries. 

Operation Smile is an excellent way for students to get involved on campus and make friends, but also to do good in a global context. This university is dedicated to community service and outreach and the Operation Smile club is an excellent example of how students are going out of their way to help people and promote the well-being of others.

I’m excited to be part of this new club on campus and can’t wait to see how we can touch the lives of children across the world.

–Noelia V.

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