SOUTH DAKOTA: Luckily the group did not have to worry about or encounter the infamous frozen fog! After a long flight(s) (sorry guys!), they arrived back into Boston around 10 p.m. We couldn't be happier to have them home! Welcome back SoDak!
As the day goes on, more and more groups continue to return on home! We have been welcoming them home all afternoon. We are happy to have them back!
KENTUCKY: Many from the Kentucky group were not only marked with paint, but new outlooks and perspectives from their experience at the David School! Welcome back Kentucky!
MARYLAND: After traveling through the fields and over bridges, Maryland pulled onto campus with excitement and lessons learned from the exceptional children at the Benedictine school. Welcome back SBA Maryland!
MISSISSIPPI: Stronger than an ever and with a greater appreciation for Elvis and BBQ, the Mississippi group arrived back into Manchester airport around 6:00pm. We welcomed them with open arms and even noticed a little bit of a southern drawl. Welcome back SBA Mississippi!
After a week of service, learning, growth, love, laughter, and traveling, the groups are back being welcomed back with open arms on the hilltop! We will be updating this page as the groups arrive home. Please continue to follow the social media scroll to see glimpses of the week past.
MAINE: The fist trip to arrive back to campus making sure the bring the frigid air with them! Welcome back SBA Maine!
NEWARK:After a good-night's rest and a hearty breakfast, the Newark group pulled in on campus. They are eager to share all their insights from those they shared their week with! Welcome back SBA Newark!
As the night went on, more and more stories and experiences were shared by the groups. Reporting towards the end of the night were Kentucky, Newark, New York City and South Dakota. Although the days are long, the groups are making the most out of their sites and surroundings. Please keep an eye out on our social media scroll as we use that to report for the rest of the week before the trips arrive back at the Hilltop!
Kentucky: The David School is known for giving its students a fresh start and the Saint A's group is helping even the building show that by giving the school a fresh new coat of paint. Those students with an education background have also been assisting in the classrooms with the daily lessons.
As the week continues, the group will contribute to more improvement projects along the the grounds. The group is also looking forward to cheering on the students at a varsity basketball game at the rival high school and "Front Porch Pickin" a celebration of music and community! Newark: The group has been fully immersed at St. Benedict's prep. The group has started their mornings off by attending Convocation which is a student-led assembly that focuses on announcements, prayers and songs to motivate the students throughout the day.
The Newark group is using that motivation to fully be present to the young men as they assist with various classes, such as Math and Theology and tutor for 2 hours each evening.
The group has seen the positive impact St. Benedict's has had on the young men, especially the 62 that are in residence at the Leahy House.
Participants are already expressing how they are determined to bring their experiences back to the Hilltop.
The group will be visited by Abbot Matthew on Thursday, as well serve in the local area.
New York City: The New York City group has been taking advantage of all the city has to offer! The group is spending the majority of their week with God's Love We Deliver, an organization that serves meals to the home bound who are suffering from various illnesses.
The group prepared over 4,000 meals in the kitchen on Monday and Tuesday. They will be doing walking deliveries this morning and are looking forward to meeting those the organization serves.
They will also volunteer with the organization, Midnight Run, a hunger and homelessness outreach program by passing out bagged meals to those who are part of the homeless population of NYC. They will volunteer with the Coalition for the Homeless providing meals around the Grand Central Terminal area.
Abbot Matthew will be visiting the group today and will be able to aid the group in processing their varied experiences, including their visit to the World Trade Center Memorial.
South Dakota: The SoDak group has wasted no time in becoming fully immersed in the culture of the Oglala Lakota people. The group has been able to become informed and aware of the significance the culture has on the land and people.
During the work day, the group is assisting with various projects that are vital to the reservation. These projects have included chopping and delivering wood to the homes on the reservation to provide heat, framing and building the bunk beds, and assist with trailer skirting to protect the mobile homes from various weather elements.
The group has also taken advantage of the vastness of beauty of the sights and sounds around them.
It is hard to believe SBA 2017 is just about mid way through their week at their sites! It seems as though the trips were boarding planes and loading up their vans for their journeys. Surprisingly enough, the groups are well into their service and are at ease in their new environments. Here are updates from our trips what they have already experienced!
Maine: The group has not let the frigidness of the air deplete their spirits! The Maine group has been working hard splitting wood each day, installing insulation, and sorting through some merchandise at the Thrift shop! The group of 19 has been making sure that every task that is given is accomplished with joy and vigor!
Mississippi:Basking in the almost tropical temps (70 degrees and counting), the Mississippi group has used the sunshine to fuel them in getting much done around Camp Friendship! The group has been making every effort to help the Camp shine and sparkle for the upcoming campers! Their high spirits and a little bit of elbow grease have helped them complete raking and painting projects! The group will be putting on their "blue suede shoes" on Wednesday to visit the birthplace of Elvis. All in all a great start to the week!
Maryland: After enjoying their day off in the Nation's Capital, the Maryland group has been aiding the teachers at the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children in a variety of ways. From serving as cooks in the Home-ec kitchen, assisting with the gym classes, and teaching lessons, the Maryland group has witnessed what the teachers and staff of the Benedictine school dedicate themselves to each day. As the week goes on, the participants are making every effort to commit themselves to the mission of the school.
After a day of departures and arrivals, 6 out of the 7 trips arrived at their final site destinations last night. Kentucky finally arrived at their final destination, the David School in David, KY just before dinner!
Some trips took advantage of the day before their work week and saw the local sites! Whereas the Mississippi crew already jumped into their duties at Camp Friendship!
SBA 2017 is off to a wonderful start! Although brisk, the sunny skies made it a great travel day! As we enter into the evening hours, many of the trips are at their sites awaiting for the work to start and some are still journey to their final destinations! As of 4:45 p.m. here are the updates:
Kentucky: Will be stopping shortly in Morgantown, WV for the evening and resume their travels tomorrow.
Maine: 19 students have arrived in Orland, ME! They are not letting the frigid temperatures get in the way of their excitement!
Maryland: After stopping in Madison, CT they continue their journey to Ridgely, MD. They are expecting to arrive at the Benedictine school before 8:00 p.m.
Mississippi: Has arrived safely to Aberdeen, Miss. where temperatures in the high sixties are warming their spirits for the week!
Newark: After a breezy drive down 95, the group of 12 has arrived at Saint Bennedict's Prep and is brushing up on their basketball skills for later this week. Go Hawks!
New York City: Has safety arrived Port Authority and is ready to brave the subway and enjoy what the concrete jungle has to offer!
South Dakota: The group has arrived in Rapid City and continues to journey to Re-Member in Pine Ridge. They have met up with Saint Anselm's own Cory True and are supporting the Men's Basketball team all the way from SoDak!
Look for our mid-week check updates on Wednesday! Please continue to view our social media scroll through out the week!
It seems as though it was yesterday we were sending off the WBA trips during a snow storm. The skies are cold but clear and we are sending off our SBA 2017 trips with excitement! South Dakota and Mississippi have the earliest departures to begin their trips. We will be keeping the blog updated between Saturday and Sunday morning to inform that all trips have arrived safely to their destinations.
South Dakota: Departed campus at 3:30 a.m. bright and bushy-tailed! Their 7:00 a.m. flight will take them to Denver. Will be posting their arrival times this evening.
Mississippi: Boarded their flight from Manchester at 6:00 a.m. and are currently are enjoying the Chicago airport! They will arrive in Memphis then travel to Aberdeen later this evening.
Kentucky: Is en-route for Part 1 of their journey to David, Kentucky! They will be spending the night in West Virginia. They will arrive to their swanky hotel later tonight.
Newark: Left with a van full of luggage and excited participants. They will arrive Saint Benedict's Prep with a full schedule ahead of them in the early evening hours.
Maryland: Is traveling looking forward a home-made lunch provided in Madison, CT prepared by our leader, Nicole's mom. After their bellies are full, they will continue onto Ridgely, MD expected to arrive mid-evening.
New York City: Completed their first leg of their journey to Boston and are preparing to travel to NYC on the Greyhound bus arriving to St. John's Church in the evening.
Maine: With the shortest journey of the group, they also have a home cook meal ahead of them courtesy of Aly Smith's family. They will arrive at HOME in the mid-afternoon.
When trips have arrived at their sites, another post will be added!
Each break at Saint Anselm College, the Office of Campus Ministry sends students (and a handful of faculty/staff) to do service in several locations both domestically and internationally. The Service & Solidarity Missions program, now in its 27th year, provides its participants not only with the opportunity to serve others but also with an experience that further develops lessons learned in the classroom.
This year’s 95 Spring Break participant’s will journey throughout the United States to places such as David, KY; Orland, Me; Ridgely, MD; Aberdeen, MS; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; and Pine Ridge, SD.
We ask for your prayers for these participants, for the work they will be doing, the communities for which they will be serving, and the personal challenges each participant will face.
Participants will gather for the SBA send off Mass on Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lady Chapel, Lower Church.
On behalf of the Service & Solidarity: SBA leaders and participants 2017, and the entire Campus Ministry staff; I thank you in advance for your prayers and support.
Susan Gabert '91
Director, Campus Ministry
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.
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.