Below are descriptions of the Alternative Breaks for the 2012-2013 school year. Information will be added as it becomes available.
Alternative Fall Break Trip – St. John’s Island; Habitat for Humanity
Trip Leader: Gina Perrotto
Description: Volunteers will collaborate with Sea Island Habitat, which is the third oldest affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The mission of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness west of the Ashley River and the surrounding Sea Islands, and to make decent housing a matter of conscience in their community. No construction experience is necessary! Projects may include establishing a foundation, framing walls, gardening, painting, roofing, etc. Visit www.seaislandhabitat.org for more information.
Alternative Winter Break Trip – Washington, DC; LGBT Awareness and Advocacy
Trip Leader: Noël Marsh
Description: USC students will be directly serving with the nonprofit Food and Friends. Food and Friends is the only non-profit in the Washington Metro area that serves freshly prepared, nutritious meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers will help prepare and package meals and groceries, or assist in their delivery to clients. Students will also have the opportunity to visit with various activist and advocate organizations to learn about their efforts with and for the LBGT community. Advocate organizations include the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Other trip activities will include visiting the United States Capitol and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Alternative Spring Break Trips
Animal Rescue – Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, NC
Trip Leader: Amelia Smoak
Description: Students will volunteer for 6 days at the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in North Carolina. PAWS works to care for orphan and injured animals, educate the public about wildlife, and house animals unable to be released into the wild. Depending on individual strengths, students may take field observations of local fauna and flora, educate visitors, and/or assist animal care. No previous animal handling experience required; training will be provided by the facility. Visit http://www.possumwoodacres.org/ for more information.
Poverty, C.R.O.S. Ministries – Palm Beach, FL
Trip Leader: Alexis Coleman
Description: Volunteers will collaborate with C.R.O.S Ministries, an interfaith ministry serving Palm Beach County, which began in 1978. C.R.O.S. works with over 90 congregations and groups throughout Palm Beach county, and about 600 volunteers. This “umbrella” non-profit consists of emergency food pantries, caring kitchens, after school snack programs, and gleaning (a biblical initiative that involves volunteers picking produce from farmers’ fields that have left from commercial harvesting methods). Their mission is to enable people of all faiths to work together to work together to identify unmet needs of the community, and to collaborate with community groups in creating solutions to meet those unmet needs. No previous service experience is necessary! Volunteers will participate in various service projects such as, but not limited to gleaning, working at the local food pantry, and a caring kitchen. Visit http://crosministries.org/ for more information.
Disaster Relief/Poverty, Lower Nine – Ninth Ward, Louisiana
Trip Leader: Mitchell Hammonds
Description: Lower Nine is a nonprofit that focuses on disaster relief in the Historic Ninth Ward district of New Orleans. The Ninth Ward was one of the hardest hit areas and is still experiencing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lower Nine works to reestablish the residency in this poverty driven community. Volunteers will be helping restore and rebuild homes. Visit http://lowernine.org/ for more information.
Environmental Awareness – Merritt Island, Florida
Trip Leader: Austen Woods
Description: Volunteers will be collaborating with organizations that focus on improving the environment and making the environment more enjoyable and people and animal friendly through a variety of service projects. During the trip we will be working with Brevard County Sam’s House whose mission is to protect and preserve biological diversity through responsible stewardship of Brevard County’s natural resources. For more information, students can like the groups Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/samshousepineisland/info
Disaster Relief – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Trip Leader: Jacob Nelson
Description: Volunteers will work directly with the Volunteer Reception Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During this disaster relief trip, students will have direct interaction with a great deal of people who were in Tuscaloosa before the disaster, and have been there for every step of the recovery process. Volunteer activities on this trip include debris cleanup, rebuilding, assisting citizens, and more. For more information on the disaster or the Volunteer Reception Center please visit the following webpage: http://www.ttownvolunteer.com/.
Poverty/Education – Nashville, TN
Trip Leader: Ashlyn Byrne
Description: Volunteers will be working with the Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville, TN. Their mission is to empower children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship. Projects will be varied and may include cleaning, beautification, painting, gardening, etc. Visit http://www.marthaobryan.org/aboutus/ for more information.