Service Trips/Alternative Spring Break
Disaster Relief Trips
During the last two January Terms the chaplain has led groups of students to do disaster relief work in areas recovering from Hurricane Matthew. We have taken these trips in conjunction with Lend A Hand, the Presbyterian Disaster Agency sponsored by Carlilse Presbytery. Work has included a variety of projects ranging from reroofing houses, to drywall, to constructing ramps. Students learn the skills needed on the job and have a chance for fellowhsip in the evenings.
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Breaks provide an opportunity for students to concentrate their community service efforts into one week. Instead of going home or on vacation, students "give up" their break, to give someone else a break. Most ASBs involve travel, with opportunities to do some sightseeing along the way. All ASBs include the opportunities to serve, learn, and have fun!
How Much Does It Cost?
The goal of all of these trips is for their to be little or no cost to the student: it is the goal that all should be able to participate, regardless of economic situation. Some fundraising may be required for a trip, and we are grateful for support from the Synod of the Trinity, offerings from special services, and gifts from local churches.
Wilson's first Alternative Spring Break took place in 1995. That year, 10 Wilson students and the chaplain headed to Drift, KY to rebuild homes for the elderly poor of that region. In 1997, 6 students plus the chaplain spent their spring break at the N. Street Village Shelters for Homeless Women in Washington, D.C. In 1998, a large group (15) headed to St. Petersburg, FL, where they helped build homes for God's people in need with Habitat for Humanity.
Over the past five years students have traveled to various places to build homes through the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. For more information, check out the Collegiate Challenge Website.