February 26, 2014
Communications and Marketing
Nearly 100 students are spending their spring break on volunteer service trips in eight sites in the United States and Costa Rica as part of Saint Anselm College's Service & Solidarity Missions program. This is the 24th consecutive year that the program has sent students to serve during college recesses.
Participants on the Costa Rica trip left campus Friday morning as they journeyed to Los Chiles in the north of the country. Other students, faculty and staff departed on Saturday for Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. The volunteers are hosted by non-profits, religious organizations and schools, spending the week in service and solidarity with those less fortunate.
"The Service and Solidarity trips provide our students with the opportunity to engage in Christian service, become aware of social injustice, and experience the realities of instability so many people face on a daily basis. In addition, these experiences develop further the many of the lessons learned in the classroom," says Susan Gabert, Director of Campus Ministry.
Groups are working in soup kitchens, shelters, and schools or are building homes, working with children and adults suffering from hunger, homelessness, poverty as well as health and educational disparities. The Education Department sent 12 students and two faculty to Kentucky for the department's second discipline specific trip where students are volunteering at the David School and a local elementary school.
Each trip is lead by two Saint Anselm students. The groups return to campus at the end of spring break, on Saturday, March 8.
Service and Solidarity Missions Making History
Campus ministry first offered Saint Anselm students the opportunity to spend spring break volunteering in 1991, when it sponsored a trip to Orland, Maine. The program grew into today's Service and Solidarity Missions program. The program consists of student-led service trips overseen by Campus Ministry during winter and spring breaks. This year, the program is sending a total of 206 students to 15 sites.