Spring break can mean different things to different people. For several groups of Moravian students, faculty and alumni, it meant traveling outside the Lehigh Valley to do some volunteer work.
Moravian’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity sent a group to Lakeland, Fla., and another to Sumter, S.C., where they worked with local volunteers and families to construct housing. Eleven members of Campus Community Connection (C3) traveled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona where they removed non-native species, picked up litter, worked in a greenhouse and performed other environmental activities.
“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. The trips were funded in part by USG, the Alumni Association and a grant by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
The Theological Seminary sent a large group to Camp Hope in Whitehouse West Moreland, Jamaica, where they assisted impoverished families in various ways. They were joined by a group from Ursinus College.
“During the trip, they worked on house construction and painting and worked with children at a local elementary school and orphanage, says Colleen Marsh, assistant director of administration at the Seminary. “They also spent two days exploring local culture and the natural environment of the Caribbean.”
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