Alternative Spring Breakers Hit the Road to Volunteer

An ASB group from last year's trip to South Carolina was featured on a local TV station.
An ASB group from last year's trip to South Carolina was featured on a local TV station.

While many undergraduates head home or to balmy beach resorts to rest up after grueling midterms, 98 Hamilton students will drive south to volunteer at nonprofit organizations in nine cities during Spring Break, March 13-28. This year marks Hamilton's 17th Alternative Spring Break (ASB), an annual volunteer venture that consists of nine different community service trips to non-profit organizations in the south. 

Among their destinations this year are various cities in Kentucky, Mississippi, South and North Carolina, as well as Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Students are housed in churches, camps and refugee centers and pay $150 each to participate in the ASB trips.

Four trips will take place the first week of break, March 13-20.

The Pilgrimage, Washington, D.C.
Students will be serving meals to the homeless and seeking to alleviate issues of urban poverty in our nation's capital by working at the Pilgrimage, a local faith-based organization.

Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, Ky.
Land Between the Lakes is a 170,000-acre national recreation area in Western Kentucky and Tennessee located about 90 miles north of Nashville, Tenn., and just south of Paducah, Ky. Volunteers will help with the maintenance of an 1850s working farm, by doing repairs and building fences. They'll also work to get the facilities up and running for the tourist season.

Habitat for Humanity, Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area began as a disaster office of Habitat for Humanity, Jackson, Miss., shortly after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. In January 2008 it became an independent affiliate. So far, the organization has built more than 80 homes in Hancock County with volunteers, sponsors, donors, partner families and friends. Hamilton students will work on house construction for the week.

Cumberland Trails, La Follette, Tenn.
Students will help build trails and do maintenance. The Cumberland Trail (CT), a Tennessee State Scenic Hiking Trail, became Tennessee's 53rd state park in 1998. The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park contains a core corridor of 300-plus miles of trail beginning in the Cumberland Gap National Park (KY.) and stretching south to Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park and Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area just outside Chattanooga.

Five trips will depart during the second week of break, March 20-27. 

Habitat for Humanity, Marion County, S.C.
Hamilton students will work with Marion County HFH, a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Burgaw Elementary School, Wilmington, N.C.
Hamilton students will return to work at Burgaw Elementary School near Wilmington, N.C. Through this outreach program, they will help students with homework and participate in after-school activities.

Habitat for Humanity, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Eleven Hamilton students will volunteer at Habitat for Humanity in Winston-Salem, where they will help build a house for a family in need. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Community Collaborations, Atlanta, Ga.
Students will work at Community Collaborations in Atlanta where they will help with rebuilding a home that was damaged in the September floods.

Habitat for Humanity, Franklin, W.V.
Eleven Hamilton students will travel to Franklin, W.V., to volunteer with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity where they will help build a house for a family in need. Almost Heaven Habitat was founded in 1988 by a local group of citizens concerned about the living conditions of their neighbors.

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