Huntington student begins Providence College career volunteering in community

John Stablein, Jr. son of John & Brenda Stablein of Huntington, a graduate of St. Joseph High School, was among nearly 150 students in Providence College’s Class of 2019 to spend the first days of college participating in PC’s 25th Annual Urban Action program.

The freshmen, along with 25 upperclassmen leaders, volunteered in Providence, Rhode Island from Aug. 24 through Aug. 26. Providence College students worked at Neutaconkanut Hill Park, Merino Park, Manton Avenue Gateway, Riverside Park, and the Camden Avenue Park/Playground (all located in Providence). They performed a number of duties at each site including, spreading mulch, graffiti removal, clearing brush, and general maintenance, according to a press release.

Urban Action was initiated by Providence College students in 1991, with 17 students volunteering the first year. Since then, more than 3,500 freshmen have participated, with many returning as leaders, according to a press release.

The goal of the program is to provide incoming students with an opportunity to make a positive difference in Providence, a community they will be calling their “home away from home”.

Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars, according to a press release. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. Providence College has consistently been ranked among the top five regional universities in the north according to U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges.