March 11-17, 2018
Beauty Through the Eye of the Storm: Rebuilding Homes and Lives
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005, thirteen years later a large majority remains abandoned. In partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, students from SMU will be traveling to the vibrant New Orleans to help rebuild homes with Habitat for Humanity for families who lives were disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
It Takes a Village: Creating Community with People with Disabilities
In rural Kimberton, Pennsylvania sits a dynamic farming, gardening, and handcrafting intentional community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Members will be returning for the third year to this site, Camp Hill Kimberton, and will engage in outdoor farming tasks, work in the greenhouses, weaving and crafting activities, and evening meals with the “villagers” and “coworkers.”
Empowering Students through an Education in Exploration
In Taos, New Mexico SMU AB will work with Roots and Wings Community School. The school is very understaffed, so volunteers are crucial to creating a positive classroom experience. While at Roots and Wings over Spring Break, SMU Breakers spent a majority of their time tutoring and teaching mini lessons in classrooms. They also repainted the school’s entry hallway and helped with outdoor landscaping and remodeling. SMU students are able to serve as role models for younger children as well as truly inspire and positively influence the lives of many children.
The Cuisine for Change
This group will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to work with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, a well-established center that supports the reduction of hunger in the city, as well as with local food pantries and community gardens. Volunteers will spend a week helping sort out donations, package meals together, and help grow healthy and fresh food for areas with high rates of food insecurity.
In Columbia, South Carolina, over 600 homeowners are still awaiting assistance from the October 2015 Hurricane Joaquin. Students will travel to assist communities with outstanding critical needs and will work on anything from demolition, mold remediation, painting or installing flooring with the South Carolina St. Bernard Project.