Students Lend a Hand Through Alternative Spring Break

3/18/2009

While many of their friends enjoy a relaxing Spring Break, four Suffolk University volunteer teams are serving communities in Mississippi, Texas, and Massachusetts through Alternative Spring Break.

Teams traveling out of state are made up of 18 students and two facilitators. They have tackled the following:

  • Waveland, Mississippi, was hit by the eye of Hurricane Katrina, submerging parts of town under 40 feet of water. Suffolk students are visiting Waveland for the fourth year. They are staying at a church while working on various local projects.
  • In Starkville, Mississippi, students are involved in a Habitat for Humanity home-building effort. The churches in the community are taking turns feeding the students and facilitators each night.
  • Habitat for Humanity also is the focus of the team in in Beaumont, Texas, where Hurricane Ike caused extensive damage this past fall.  The group is staying at a YMCA with volunteers from three other colleges. 

Closer to home, 15 Suffolk students and one facilitator are spending two days at the Boys and Girls Club in Salem, working with children, helping to clean and beautify the facility, and assisting with a club fundraiser.

The University's Alternative Spring Break program, now in its ninth year of engaging in meaningful service during Spring Break week, is coordinated by the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service and Service Learning Center. 

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