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Spring Break

March 11-17, 2018

$400 - Domestic

Families in Crisis: Stopping the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect
In St. Louis, Missouri participants will be volunteering at Crisis Nursery Kids, which provides temporary care for young children in order to help prevent child abuse and neglect. We’ll serve by giving the children individual attention from rocking and playing to feeding and dressing at the 24-hour shelters.

Food as Medicine: Providing Hope and Healing to a Forgotten Community
In New York CityNew York we’ll be partnering with God’s Love We Deliver to prepare and serve food to individuals living with serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, who are not able to provide quality meals for themselves as a result of their illnesses. Every day, God’s Love We Deliver prepares and delivers close to 4,6000 meals!

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 of the St. Bernard Parish 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 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.  Participants 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 we 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 very large and well-established center that supports the reduction of hunger in the city.  Participants will work in the Product Rescue Center, the Grocery Floor, and the Mobile Pantry.  Volunteers will spend a week helping sort out can donations, package meals together, and help shipments of the food to areas with high rates of food insecurity.