Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a low-cost service trip that provides students with an opportunity to participate in meaningful service activities, learn more about community issues, and have fun. In the past, students have traveled to Charleston, Atlanta, Wilmington, and Sumter, SC. For 2014, students traveled to Savannah, GA. The following reflection was submitted by Stella Foster.
Alternative Spring Break was an amazing way to not only help people through volunteering, but also to make new friends. Each and every day I found myself inspired by a touching story. One of the stories involved a man who was one of the leaders in a program at the Savannah City Mission. This program helps men who recently got out of jail or are on probation to be the best that they can be. Some of the duties included helping those in the program to successfully get a career or to help them with finances. He told us that he knew that this works because he was once in the program. When he finished, he found it his duty to help others. This was truly inspiring to hear and helped me to realize that everyone has a story to share and their story can easily inspire others.
While on this trip, we worked with five different organizations – The Savannah City Mission, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The Ronald McDonald House, the YMCA, and the Ruth Byck Adult Day Care Center. Along the way we met a lot of inspiring individuals. I remember being at the YMCA and meeting a young girl. She was incredibly smart, wonderfully creative, and had a refreshing spirit. All of the young kids at the YMCA were so nice and they absolutely loved us. We were able to do crafts with them and they ended up teaching me so much. They showed me the beauty of an open mind and politeness.
All in all, I would definitely recommend going on an Alternative Spring Break. This trip was a wonderful balance of service and culture. We were able to explore Savannah and all it has to offer during the afternoon but we were also serving throughout the morning and early afternoon hours. You will have an experience like no other and will meet other students in your school who have a similar desire to serve.
To learn more about CPCC Alternative Spring Break and other community service opportunities, please visit the Service Learning website.