ASB 2014: Working Together, Inspiring Others

While some enjoyed a week off during spring break, a group of nine staff members and eighty-seven students volunteered their time to bettering the community.

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  1. 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.    

  2. Where Young Spirits Soar: Winder, Georgia
  3. 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.

  4. Team Georgia's creativity shined through today with these dance signs! Looks good! #uaasb2014
    Team Georgia's creativity shined through today with these dance signs! Looks good! #uaasb2014
  5. Me and my dude @vsantana399 spreading mulch on #uaasb2014
    Me and my dude @vsantana399 spreading mulch on #uaasb2014
  6. Team Georgia making progress on their project at Camp Twin Lakes! Keep up the good work! #uaasb2014
    Team Georgia making progress on their project at Camp Twin Lakes! Keep up the good work! #uaasb2014
  7. Did some rock wall climbing at Camp Twin Lakes with Brian Siers today! #uaasb2014
    Did some rock wall climbing at Camp Twin Lakes with Brian Siers today! #uaasb2014
  8. Finding Cures, Saving Children: Memphis, Tennessee 
  9. 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!

  10. What an amazing week! #stjude #uaasb2014 #volunteer
    What an amazing week! #stjude #uaasb2014 #volunteer
  11. We had so much fun at the Target House today! #StJude #UAASB2014
    We had so much fun at the Target House today! #StJude #UAASB2014
  12. If this isn't legendary I'm not sure what is.... Kurt will never doubt me again! 🐪🐫 #uaasb2014
    If this isn't legendary I'm not sure what is.... Kurt will never doubt me again! 🐪🐫 #uaasb2014
  13. Words cannot describe how bittersweet it is to be laying in my bed at school right now. The past 5 days have been incredible, a much needed break from cell service and rejuvenation of my spirits. I had the opportunity to work with 11 other extraordinary people who I can now say are friends. Through our amazing teamwork, we were able to help save money, time, and brighten the lives of employees and patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was already a passion of mine. Not only the rewarding feeling of interacting with patients and families, but that of comradery, acceptance, humor and commitment in the bonds formed are emotions I will never forget and carry on with me wherever I go. If only I could have that everyday, I would. Thank you for making #uaasb2014 one for the record books and I was so blessed to have the opportunity to serve with you, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I hope that we actually do stay in touch, many times a commitment not followed through. #stjude #memphis #tennessee #betacar
    Words cannot describe how bittersweet it is to be laying in my bed at school right now. The past 5 days have been incredible, a much needed break from cell service and rejuvenation of my spirits. I had the opportunity to work with 11 other extraordinary people who I can now say are friends. Through our amazing teamwork, we were able to help save money, time, and brighten the lives of employees and patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was already a passion of mine. Not only the rewarding feeling of interacting with patients and families, but that of comradery, acceptance, humor and commitment in the bonds formed are emotions I will never forget and carry on with me wherever I go. If only I could have that everyday, I would. Thank you for making #uaasb2014 one for the record books and I was so blessed to have the opportunity to serve with you, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I hope that we actually do stay in touch, many times a commitment not followed through. #stjude #memphis #tennessee #betacar
  14. Build Homes, Community, and Hope: Marion, South Carolina 
  15. 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.

  16. Carolina Crew Day 1! #UAASB2014
    Carolina Crew Day 1! #UAASB2014
  17. Team South Carolina has been making excellent progress on their  Habitat for Humanity house! #uaasb2014 #collegiatechallenge
    Team South Carolina has been making excellent progress on their Habitat for Humanity house! #uaasb2014 #collegiatechallenge
  18. Had such an amazing trip serving others in Marion south Carolina! I made so many new friends and memories! #UAASB2014
    Had such an amazing trip serving others in Marion south Carolina! I made so many new friends and memories! #UAASB2014
  19. This spring break trip to marion, sc has been one of the most amazing things of my life! I have met amazing people and learned so much! #uaasb2014
    This spring break trip to marion, sc has been one of the most amazing things of my life! I have met amazing people and learned so much! #uaasb2014
  20. Hunger Relief Starts Here: Richmond, Virginia 
  21. 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.

  22. Endless smiles & thumbs up when it comes to making a difference for starving children around the world! #UAASB2014 #StopHungerNow
    Endless smiles & thumbs up when it comes to making a difference for starving children around the world! #UAASB2014 #StopHungerNow
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