As volunteers with the Alternative Spring Break program, organized through the Department of Student Life’s Civic Engagement Programs, these Zips impacted four states and nine non-profits during the week. From March 24 thru March 26, the group dedicated nearly 2,200 community service hours and impacted a host of non-profits, communities, and lives.
- Where Young Spirits Soar: Winder, Georgia
In Georgia, forty-one members of the fraternity and sorority community helped to clean, paint, organize, landscape, and demo old cabin structures at Camp Twin Lakes. Located in Winder, this non-profit offers camps for children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. During their recreational time the group enjoyed bowling, ziplining, participating in a ropes course, and rock wall climbing.
- Finding Cures, Saving Children: Memphis, Tennessee
Twelve volunteers in Tennessee spent a busy three days working at the Grizzlies House, Mid-South Foodbank, Target House, Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The group worked directly with patient families to play games, create crafts, and help organize or clean facilities. Before heading back to campus the group took a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum as well as a quick trip to the Memphis Zoo…complete with a camel ride for those brave enough to give it a try!
- Build Homes, Community, and Hope: Marion, South Carolina
Twenty-four volunteers in South Carolina enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity of Marion County – an area where 17% of the residents have a median income that is 50% below the national average. These volunteers helped to finish new home construction and learned skills related to roofing, siding, installing windows, and using a variety of power tools and equipment. On their journey home, the group made a quick stop at Myrtle Beach and enjoyed the opportunity to put their toes in the sand and ride on the SkyWheel.
- Hunger Relief Starts Here: Richmond, Virginia
A group of nineteen volunteers spent the week learning about worldwide hunger and poverty issues in Virginia. The group worked at FeedMore – a local food pantry, and Stop Hunger Now – an international relief organization which packages and ships meals worldwide. On their afternoon out the group enjoyed a tour of the Dr. Seuss Museum and the home of Edgar Allen Poe.