39 Teams Take JMU's Service Commitment on the Road for Spring Break


 

About 400 people from James Madison University are heading to destinations throughout the United States and seven other countries to spend Spring Break, March 6-13, volunteering as tutors, shelter and maintenance workers, builders, and nutrition and health advisers to help people in need and to clean beaches and forest trails. 

The 39 teams, each headed by two student leaders and accompanied by a learning partner, a JMU faculty or staff member who works alongside the students, are adding their own chapters to JMU�s well-established Alternative Spring Break program tradition. Part of the university�s Office of Community-Service Learning, the Alternative Break Program offers students opportunities to assist people while learning more about societal issues, such as homelessness, immigration and health problems. 

�An overwhelming number of the students involved with the leadership this year are heavily invested in understanding the underlying causes that generate the need for their services,� said Dusty M. Krikau, assistant director of Community Service-Learning. �They are interested in their role as both servers and learners and are working hard to empower those around them to become active citizens within their communities.� 

Students pay $250 to participate in one of 22 domestic trips and from $439 to $2,200 for one of 17 domestic-flying or international trips. Fundraising projects led by students helped defray some of the costs of the trips. 

JMU also sponsors weeklong alternative break trips in May and at Thanksgiving. In 2009, 109 volunteers participated in JMU�s fourth consecutive Alternative May Break to continue rebuilding in the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast. A total of 56 people worked in Atlanta, Winter Park, Fla., Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Va., New Orleans and Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona during Thanksgiving break. 

The longstanding commitment of students, faculty and staff to the Alternative Break Program is a key factor in JMU�s recent inclusion on the 2009 President�s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. JMU was chosen for the honor based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. 

More information about JMU�s involvement in alternative breaks and service-learning and commitment to engaged citizenship is available at http://www.jmu.edu/service/

Alternative Spring Break Trips:

California 

Redwoods National Park, to focus on the environment 

Crescent City 

AIDS Project (new partner), to focus on HIV and AIDS 

Los Angeles 

LA�s Best (new partner) to focus on youth 

Los Angeles 

Casa Familiar, to focus on immigration 

San Diego 

Florida 

Sea Base, to focus on the environment 

Big Munson Island 

Practical Academic Cultural Education Center for Girls, to focus on children and youth 

Immokalee 

East Coast Migrant Head Start (cosponsored with Graduate Psychology and the Ashby Learning Community), to focus on immigration and youth 

Orlando 

Habitat for Humanity (cosponsored with Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry), to focus on housing 

Pensacola 

Community Service Center, to focus on children and youth 

Winter Park 

InterFaith Hospitality Network (cosponsored with the Center for Multicultural Student Services), to focus on hunger and homelessness 

Winter Park 

Georgia 

Cafe 458, to focus on hunger and homelessness 

Atlanta 

Hands on Atlanta, to focus on community wellness 

Atlanta 

Indiana 

Horizon House (new partner), to focus on hunger and housing 

Indianapolis 

Louisiana 

Project Lazarus, to focus on HIV and AIDS 

New Orleans 

Mississippi 

Hands on Gulf Coast, to focus on hurricane relief 

Biloxi 

Sunshine Children�s Center to focus on children and youth 

Natchez 

Missouri 

Operation Breakthrough, to focus on education and youth 

Kansas City 

Sheffield Place, to focus on youth and homelessness 

Kansas City 

The Bridge (new partner; cosponsored with the University Health Center and SafeRides), to focus on hunger and homelessness 

St. Louis 

New Mexico 

Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area (cosponsored with University Recreation), to focus on environmental stewardship 

Gila National Forest 

New York 

St. Luke�s Catholic School (cosponsored with Catholic Campus Ministry), to help in the classroom and with the afterschool program 

South Bronx 

North Carolina 

LifeSpan, to focus on disability services 

Charlotte 

Teach for America (new partner), to focus on education and youth 

Charlotte 

Oklahoma 

Cherokee Nation, to focus on children and youth 

Tahlequah 

South Carolina 

United Methodist Relief Center (new partner; cosponsored with the Wesley Foundation), to do housing repairs 

Georgetown 

Point Pleasant, (new destination; cosponsored with Catholic Campus Ministry), to focus on housing 

York Place, to focus on children and youth 

York 

Virginia 

Lonesome Pine Office on Youth (new partner; cosponsored with Social Work 487), to focus on rural poverty and youth 

Big Stone Gap 

West Virginia 

Appalachian Institute (new partner; cosponsored with the Interfaith Coalition), to focus on rural poverty 

New Martinsville 

International Trips:

Belize 

ProBelize (new partner; cosponsored with Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication 400), to focus on community wellness and education 

San Ignacio 

Costa Rica 

i to i meaningful travel (new partner; cosponsored with Catholic Campus Ministry), to focus on housing 

San Ramon 

Dominica 

Ethnographic Experience in Dominica (cosponsored with Anthropology 395), to focus on community wellness 

Paix Bouche 

Dominican Republic 

Orphanage Outreach, to focus on children and youth 

Monte Cristi 

Honduras 

Organization for Youth Empowerment, to focus on education and youth 

El Progreso 

Students Helping Honduras (new partner; a national organization with a chapter at JMU), to focus on education and youth empowerment 

El Progreso 

Jamaica 

Center for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill, to focus on health and homelessness 

Montego Bay 

Jamaica Adventure Secrets (new partner; cosponsored with Catholic Campus Ministry), to focus on children and youth 

St. Andrew 

Volunteer in Jamaica Opportunity Network, to focus on education and youth 

Treasure Beach 

Peru 

Peru109 (new partner), to focus on community wellness and education 

Trujillo 

Published: Monday, March 1, 2010

Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017

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