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Students Emphasize Service Over Swimsuits for Spring Break

Date: Feb. 18, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati spring break is coming up March 18-22 and like thousands of other students across the country, a group of UC students is packing for Florida. But instead of shopping for swimsuits, they're packing their work gloves to participate in Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge. That's just one of UC's many trips organized under the Alternative Spring Break - programs that place the value of service well above the typical beach party.

Here are some of the travels in store for UC students:

Alternative Spring Break 2001

MIAMI BOUND - The UC chapter of Habitat for Humanity is taking 20 students to Miami, Fla., to assist in building affordable houses for low-income homeowners. The work will include roofing, drywalling, blocking and framing. Students will depart Cincinnati on Saturday, March 16 and return Sunday, March 24.

SERVICE IN MEXICO - Volunteers with the UC Center for Community Engagement are heading over the border on spring break. This is the second year the group is traveling to Reynosa, Mexico to assist in building the second story of a church. The 15 volunteers on this trip are gearing up for some heavy lifting. Their work will involve cement block construction. The group will depart Cincinnati Saturday, March 16 and return on Saturday, March 23.

TOUR OF THE SOUTH - Nearly 45 first-year and senior students will participate in a tour of colleges and universities in the South during a spring break journey sponsored by UC's African Cultural and Research Center (AACRC). The African American undergraduates will travel to colleges in Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, Atlanta, and Gainesville and Tampa, Fla. The AACRC Choir will perform. The group departs Friday, March 15 and returns Sunday, March 24.

CHURCH "SERVICE" IN CANADA - Student members of the UC Baptist Collegiate Ministry are planning a trip to Toronto, Canada. Pastor Ken Dillard says up to 30 students can join the trip to assist with community outreach for a new church. The students may also lead a Sunday service. The group will depart Cincinnati on Saturday, March 16 and return on March 23.

Alternative Spring Break 2001

MOUNTAIN OUTREACH - A team of six students from UC and five students from Wright State will travel to the Mountain T.O.P. Ministry in the Cumberland Mountains to assist in housing repairs for low-income families and to assist outreach ministries for youth and adults. The UC students are members of the Wesley Foundation United Methodist Student Center. The group will depart Cincinnati on Sunday, March 17, and return on Friday, March 22.

ASSISTANCE IN APPALACHIA - A group of 12 volunteers from the UC Center for Community Engagement will join the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in Jackson County, Ky. The Christian Appalachian Project is a non-profit service organization that serves the Appalachian regions of Kentucky. Volunteers will be building or repairing homes in poverty-stricken areas. They'll depart Cincinnati on Sunday, March 17 and return on Friday, March 22.

KENTUCKY CONNECTION - Students representing the St. Monica/St. George Newman Center will aid low-income families in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. As many as 20 students will depart Cincinnati Sunday, March 17 to travel to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky. (Bell County). Campus minister Mickey Sheibley says the students will assist in home repairs that include roofing, drywall, landscaping and other work. The students will return home Saturday, March 23.

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