Students refurbish homes in S.C. and revisit New Orleans for annual service trip
Feb 26, 2009
Contact: Julianna M. Klose
It may be called Spring Break, but a group of more than 15 Barry University students and their advisors will be put to work next week – travelling to Greenville, S.C. and New Orleans, La. to perform community service.
During the university’s annual Alternative Spring Break, these students will take part in the ongoing rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, as well as refurbishing two homes in Greenville, S.C. The trip is entirely self-motivated and funded – the students have raised the more than $8,000 needed and will be driving themselves in vans to both sites.
More information on each site is below. At each location, Barry’s students will be partnering with existing community organizations to assist where most needed. Their trip is a good feature – students giving up their academic break to improve communities outside their own. It is the third consecutive year these students have traveled to New Orleans, and the second time in three years they have assisted in Greenville. If you would like to interview these students before, during or after their trip, please contact me at any of the numbers listed below.
New Orleans, La.
Feb. 28 – March 6, 2009
8 students, 3 advisors
Students will be volunteering through Operation Helping Hands, a rebuilding program of Catholic Charities of New Orleans. Students will assist with projects such as dry walling, painting, landscaping and flooring in homes and neighborhoods still in need of restoration after Hurricane Katrina. It is the third consecutive year Barry students have traveled to New Orleans to assist in the continuing rebuilding efforts. Last year they refurbished a gutted school and, in 2007, cleared homes in the Lower Ninth Ward.
Feb. 28 – March 6, 2009
7 students, 1 advisor
Students will be refurbishing two homes through Homes of Hope Ministries. Barry students will be painting, flooring, putting up siding and doing yard work. The Greenville-based operation provides safe, quality, affordable housing for homeless and low-income families and individuals, while also providing job skills training for men overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. It is the second time in three years Barry students have worked through this organization. In 2007 they refurbished a home for a disabled woman, who was losing her current home to a sinkhole.