Spring Break Alternative 2017: Service Site Descriptions

This spring will mark the 27th year that Office of Campus Ministry has offered Service and Solidarity Missions. These week-long service trips provide an alternative way for Saint Anselm students to spend their spring break. By living and working at sites across America, volunteers learn about Catholic social teaching while enjoying the unique opportunity to have a lasting, positive impact on individuals and communities in need.

2017 Spring Break Alternative leaders

Aberdeen, Mississippi:  Camp Friendship

Camp Friendship is 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.

Vanceburg, Kentucky: The David School

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.

Our Saint Anselm students will serve youth in grades 9-12 at The David School, working with the youth of rural Kentucky in an educational setting as teacher assistants, tutors, and even teaching a class.

New York City, New York: God’s Love We Deliver 

Students will travel to New York City to work at this site helping to fulfill their mission 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. The group 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.

Orland, Maine: H.O.M.E.  Homeowners Organized for More Employment

An Emmaus Community, this site in rural Maine serves first those most in need. Our 27th year at this site (the oldest of our Service and Solidarity 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.

Ridgely, Maryland: Benedictine School

The Benedictine School in Maryland involves working in classrooms and residential life settings at a school for exceptional 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.

Pine Ridge, South Dakota: Re-Member

Saint Anselm College is returning to assist the Re-member organization at the Lakota reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Our student volunteers will be assisting in various projects designed to assist the Oglala Lakota people, which include building bunk beds and repairing roofs. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the Lakota people through nightly reflections, craft nights, and a tour of the badlands.

Newark, New Jersey: Saint Benedict Preparatory School

Saint Benedict Preparatory School was founded by St. Mary’s Abbey, the Abbey which sent the monks up to New Hampshire who founded Saint Anselm College. This all boys inner-city school in Newark, New Jersey is dedicated to guiding their students to achieve their full potential as mature, responsible, and well-educated young men.

Saint Anselm students volunteering at Saint Benedict’s will assist the teachers in their mission, providing a valuable in-class resource for the students. While the volunteers’ primary focus will be servicing the school and the students, they will also support the surrounding community by lending a helping hand at a local soup kitchen.