November 3, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Institute seeks 'CareBreak' volunteers
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Non-profit Leadership and its Connector Corps are looking for a few good women and men to staff spring "Care Breaks" to five U.S. cities next March.
"Care Breaks" are a spring break alternative that allows students to travel and volunteer for community projects around the country during their time off from class. This year's trips will be March 5-12.
Sign up for the various trips is now open at SRU's Lowry Center. A $25 registration fee is due at sign up.
"This year we will be going to New Orleans, San Antonio, New Mexico's Mescalero Apache Reservation, San Francisco and East St. Louis," said Selina Aurandt, project coordinator.
"Our plan is to involve more than 50 students in the breaks. Faculty and staff are also being sought to serve as chaperones. Total cost is $450 per person, including transportation, accommodations and meals. We will sponsor a number of fund raising projects to help students defray the costs," Aurandt said.
Since the project's 1994 inception, hundreds of SRU students have participated in the breaks. Volunteer work has included helping flood victims, tutoring children, assisting senior citizens and helping the homeless.
"The actual work has included making use of carpentry skills, teaching skills, picking up debris, planting trees and a thousand other things," Aurandt said.
For more information call 724.738.2273.
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