October 10-13, 2015
to Table: Sustainable Food Practices to Fight Hunger in America
Today, approximately one in
six Americans struggles with hunger.
This trip will partner with a unique organization that addresses
hunger issues of low-income, elderly, and persons with disabilities through
various community gardening projects. The group will work on the farm and focus
on sustainable agriculture, environmental responsibility, and world hunger issues.
Rehab: Restoring Health to Homes
This group will partner with Rebuilding Together Kiamichi Country to work
on critical home repairs and improvements for low-income homeowners. Rebuilding
Together strives to develop “a safe and healthy home for every person.”
a Hand to Little Hands: Fostering Hope in Foster Care
Alternative Breaks will partner with Helping Hand Home, an organization
that seeks to improve the lives of kids who have suffered neglect, abandonment,
and severe abuse. Participants will assist with homework and read to young
students. There are also opportunities to engage in activities with the kids,
such as arts and crafts, a karaoke party, or game night.
Women to Willpower
The Women’s Home, a safe,
supportive, and drug-free community, helps women in crisis
re-build their lives. Students will get
the opportunity to learn about a holistic approach to empowering women in six
wellness areas: emotional, financial, physical, social, spiritual and
will be focused in all areas of the non-profit organization: the administration
office, the Cottage Shop, and the residence. The group will also get the opportunity to
share a meal and fellowship together with the women.
the Domino Effect of Poverty: Housing, Education, and Nutrition
This trip will engage in
direct service with three organizations to learn
about the complex issue of poverty. At
Trinity River Mission, students will tutor kids and see how
poverty relates to educational disparities and youth development. The group will help bring fresh fruits,
vegetables, and recipes to low-income families through Brighter Bites, while
learning about healthy food access.
Finally, the group will help build a Habitat for Humanity house and will
be exposed to housing issues.
Together to Ensure our Future
90% of brain development
occurs by age five. Child care programs
have a major impact on school-readiness and student success. This group will team up with the
Collaborative for Children to support quality child care programs. Volunteers will help build
playgrounds, paint facilities, and engage in other projects to better these
of the Ecosystem: Environmental Restoration with the National Park
Breaks is answering “A Call
to Action.” This adventurous team
will travel to the fresh waters of the Big Cypress Swamp to serve
the environment for the 100th anniversary of the National Park
Service. Clearing trails, preparing burn
areas, and clearing invasive plants are among the many service activities that
the group will engage in, while learning more about the importance of the
environment and our national parks.
Recovery: From Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency
Founded in 1992, the mission of Ashby House is to empower families
experiencing homelessness and individuals to improve self-sufficiency, self-advocacy,
and holistic recovery. This trip will
serve the residents of this community and learn more about women and family
issues as well as homelessness.