Spring Break Alternative is part of the college’s Service and Solidarity Missions through the Office of Campus Ministry. In its 26th year, these mission trips allow students to lean about Catholic social teaching while living and working for those in need. The trips gives Saint Anselm students the opportunity to build and renovate homes, tutor children, serve in soup kitchens, and visit with local families and individuals in the community.
2016 S.B.A. Service Sites
Participants will work at Camp Glenmary, a summer camp in rural Mississippi for underprivileged youth. Saint Anselm student-volunteers will assist in various tasks such as yard work, painting, and light construction to prepare for summer. They will also engage in the local community and experience southern hospitality.
Biloxi, Mississippi (Gulf Coast)
Student volunteers will work with Community Collaborations International. The primary purpose of the project is gulf coast eco-system restoration. Volunteers will complete projects such as: shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, sea grass restoration, wild-life habitat improvement, dune restoration, storm water treatment, public land restoration and invasive species removal. Students will also spend time with the local Boys and Girls Club.
At the Benedictine School in Maryland participants will work in classrooms and residential life settings at a school for children and young adults with disabilities. They serve nearly 200 children and adults ages 5-21.
Each student-volunteer works as a teacher’s assistant during school hours and works with students doing extracurricular activities. Students spend evenings socializing in the residence halls.
At The David School, our Saint Anselm students will serve youth in grades 9-12, working with the youth of rural Kentucky in an educational setting as teacher assistants, tutors, and even teaching a class. Saint Anselm students will connect with their teachers prior to attending SBA to plan some lessons accordingly and learn more about their student population.
The mission of The David School is to provide a comprehensive educational program for Appalachian high school dropouts and at-risk youths who have limited financial resources and the potential to succeed in a non-traditional setting.
Through Unbound, a site in rural Costa Rica, participants will engage in outreach to children and build a home for a local family. Last year during Lent the Saint Anselm community donated money to help this group of students build a home for a family in need. During the spring break week these Saint Anselm volunteers will work alongside local Costa Ricans who will supervise them in the weeks’ building project. This community is quite rural and is not equipped with power equipment, so our group will build, mix concrete, and dig the septic system all by hand. Unbound is a sponsorship program to underprivileged children offering them a lifetime of services.
New York City, New York
Students will travel to New York City to work at a new SBA site, God’s Love We Deliver. God’s Love We Deliver's mission is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. Participants will prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. All of this organization’s services are provided free of charge without regard to income.
South Carolina (Gulf Coast)
Participants will work with Community Collaborations International at the second of two Gulf Coast sites. This organization takes a holistic approach to community recovery. This group of Anselmians will help with flood recovery efforts – working on homes directly impacted by the weather, local community organizations, such as food banks and after school programs, all of whom struggle to meet the increased needs of their clients and constituents. Many of these organizations and their staff members have suffered direct impact from the flood. Our group will work to help these organizations serve their constituents and get back on their feet.
Participants will work at Homeowners Organized for More Employment (H.O.M.E.), an Emmaus Community. This site in Maine serves those most in need. Our 26th year at this site (the oldest of our SBA sites), student volunteers will engage in building projects, serving in soup kitchens, farming, and childcare, while working alongside those who live in the community. This experience helps to expose our students to the realities of rural poverty and the many challenges people in these communities face.
Participants will work with Blue Water Habitat for Humanity in Port Huron, Michigan, which seeks to put God’s love into action bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. This week our group will help with a deconstruction project removing items before a property is demolished or remodeled by the owner. The great part about deconstructions is that we can salvage so much to sell in the ReStore, recycle or sell as scrap, helping to reduce landfill impact and raise additional funds to combat substandard housing in our area!