SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Thirty-two Slippery Rock University students are spending part of their winter break volunteering time to community service in two international countries and Atlanta, Ga., as part of the University’s Care Break Program.
Care Break trips are planned and financed by the students and are part of SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Since their inception, the service projects have provided more than 200,000 hours of volunteer service, which is valued at $4,250,000.
During the 2014 winter break, 16 SRU students are spending time in Petersfield, Jamaica, working in local schools to assist with daily activities and tutoring. Some will add light construction work to their volunteer efforts at the schools and at the community center in Petersfield.
Corinne Gibson, director of SRU’s Office of Multicultural Development, is serving as the group’s adviser.
Seven SRU students are visiting Cochabamba, Bolivia, to lend a hand with various light construction projects, including laying bricks and a painting project that will improve the community. The students will also be involved with a number of community youth projects.
Christine Pease-Hernandez, assistant professor of communication, is the group’s adviser.
Nine students are volunteering in Atlanta helping local organizations there, including soup kitchens, inner-city schools and after-school programs that need additional staffing.
Tasha Roberts, a student affairs in higher education graduate student from Slippery Rock, is the group’s adviser.
All of the groups will return home in time for the start of SRU’s spring semester, Jan. 21.
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