Hello friends! I work in the Community Service Department here at Nazareth College and I am so excited to be a part of this blog which will allow our alternative break team members to share their experiences with friends and family. There are two alternative break trips going out the week of March 12th that are being sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement.
Nine students and two faculty members will be traveling to picturesque Circleville, West Virginia where they will aid The Mountain Institute (TMI) with painting and roofing tasks as well as learn about Appalachian culture, history and the environment. This trip is being led by two students who participated in the TMI trip last spring, Jessica Saville and Jenny Scobie.
There will also be 13 students and one staff member traveling to the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community in Fonda, NY, to assist the community with renovation, painting, etc. and to learn about Mohawk culture and history. Trip members are excited to meet and learn from Mohawk community members including world renowned elder, Tom Porter. This is a first time trip for Nazareth College and will be led by students Elisa Napierala and Jeanine Youngers.
A third trip will also be going out this spring break through the Center for Spirituality. Fifteen students and one staff member will be traveling to Clairvaux Farm in Elkton, Maryland (for the 17th year in a row) to work at a rural homeless shelter (this trip will not be blogging as access is limited where they will be).
Please be sure to check out the student blogs from TMI and the Mohawk Community trips nightly the week of March 12 and feel free to add comments. Happy reading!