We have an amazing opportunity to offer you over Spring Break week of March 2019. Hopefully you will consider joining us this year.
The Center for Community Service is organizing an Alternative Spring Break trip to Eastern North Carolina. The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip will take place from March 16th to 23rd, 2019. The students will have the opportunity to serve a community devastated by Hurricane Florence and help them rebuild.
In recent years we have seen many natural disasters, both in the United States and abroad. In the aftermath of these events, including the often long and difficult recoveries, outside support and action is essential. Volunteering to help a struggling community is not always easy, but it is some of the most rewarding work you can do. The University of Hartford believes strongly in the power of this work and is calling you, a dedicated Hawk, to join our Alternative Spring Break effort to aid a community in need.
This year, the University of Hartford is sending 28 students and two staff advisors to Eastern North Carolina. The team will collaborate with local agencies and residents to support recovery efforts for a community left devastated by Hurricane Florence in September. Our team will be working on multiple projects helping these communities recover, such as: preparing flooded homes for restoration, assisting food banks, schools, and other community organizations.
The group will travel via bus to North Carolina, stopping every few hours for stretch breaks and meals. Upon arrival, the team will be staying in modest accommodation, possibly a church or relief shelter, so as to gain a better understanding of what hurricane victims may have experienced in the aftermath of the storm. Each day will be structured around the service work; here is a basic run down of what a typical day might look like:
We will work to schedule one day of the trip to explore the local area as a group, in order to allow trip participants to experience the culture of the community we're serving.
"The student relationships that are created through this trip have single handedly made me stay at the University of Hartford. My best friends were found through my freshman trip to Alabama, and each year I have incorporated new people into my main friend group through the ASB program. Not enough good words can come from me about the Alternative Spring Break program, as it has truly made an impact not only on who I am as a person, but who I am as a student at the University of Hartford." Brittany Peck (Class of 2015)
"It was such a unique experience to visit and help out a community so far away from my own. I’ve never gotten the opportunity to help out a community that I did not have a personal attachment to, but when it was time to go I felt like I had a deep connection to the place and the people that lived there. It forged a sense of community within me in a larger sense. I’m not only aware of the problems going on in my community, but of problems all over the country. Overall, it was a truly gratifying experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything." Rob Dozier (Class of 2016)
Applications must be submitted in their entirety by 4:30pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019. In order for an application to be considered complete, the following must be received by the deadline:
Final payment of $225 (for a total trip cost of $425) is due by 4:30pm on Friday, March 8, 2019.