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Moravian Students Will Spend Spring Break Helping Others

Habitat for HumanityBethlehem, Pa., February 28, 2013—Many Moravian College students be heading out this weekend on spring break to engage in week-long volunteer work. They will be joined by faculty member and alumni on a number of service trips. The Moravian Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will support two trips, one to Florida and one to South Carolina. C3 (Campus Community Connection) will travel to the Grand Canyon, Arizona. The Moravian Theological Seminary will sponsor a service trip to Jamaica.

One group of ten students and two faculty/staff will travel to Lakeland, Florida to engage in an ongoing effort to provide affordable housing.. A second group of ten students and two faculty/staff will travel to Sumter, South Carolina for the eleventh consecutive year to work with local families and volunteers to construct adequate housing for families in need of shelter.

Campus Community Connection will sponsor an environmental-based service trip to the Grand Canyon. Ten students and one faculty member will remove non-native species, pick up litter, work in a green house, and perform many more activities. The service trip is related to this year’s InFocus theme of Sustainability.

“Alternative break trips are a wonderful way for students to contribute in a significant way on a community project in a short time period. Students focus their efforts on the service and the issues surrounding their volunteer efforts during the week in an intentional way and are provided with deep opportunities for learning,” says Katie Dantsin, director of leadership development at Moravian College.

All three of these trips will occur from Sunday, March 3 to Saturday, March 9. Saturday and Sunday are travel days, so the volunteer work will be performed Monday through Friday. The trips are supported through United Student Government (USG) funding.

Twelve Moravian undergraduates, five adult leaders, including staff, students, and alumni from Moravian College Theological Seminary, and a group of seventeen students and leaders from Ursinus College will travel down to the Caribbean to help out impoverished families living in Jamaica. The group leaves on Saturday, March 2 and returns the following Saturday, March 9. They will stay at Camp Hope in Whitehouse West Moreland, Jamaica.

“During the trip, they will work on house construction and painting, plus provide services to children at a local elementary school and orphanage. They will also spend two days exploring local culture and the natural environment of the Caribbean,” says Colleen Marsh, assistant director of administration at the Seminary.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.