This coming Spring Break we are planning on taking on more trips than we did last year. We're hoping on being able to field 5 trips to locations around the US:
1. San Francisco, CALIFORNIA - $650
Issue: Poverty and at-risk populations (homeless youth, chronically ill, and seniors)
Organizations: Glide Foundation, St. Anthony’s Foundation, Project Open Hand, SF Food Bank, SF Suicide Prevention, Faithful Fools Street Retreat
Project: Volunteer as a group of 8-10 at a number of organizations (work with different organization every day) that focus on helping homeless, chronically ill, and disadvantaged populations. Reflective guided tour (street retreat) of San Francisco and its disadvantaged districts on the last day.
2. New York, NEW YORK - $200
Organization: NY Sun Works (http://nysunworks.org/thesciencebarge): A sustainable urban farm and environmental education center on the Hudson river
Project: Build a new roof for the greenhouse, help maintain the solar and wind energy systems and education kids on sustainability and green energy
Volunteering on the Science Barge which is a floating Hydroponic Farm. . We would also help educate kids on sustainibility and green energy.
3. St. Louis, MISSOURI - $350
Issue: Special Education
Organization: Epworth Schools (http://www.epworth.org/programs/school.php): An organization that provides special education services for adolescents diagnosed with severe learning disabilities, emotional disorders and/or behavioral disorders to help them successfully complete their education.
Project: Work with different classrooms throughout the week.
4. Sunrise, FLORIDA - $350
Issue: Healthy Lifestyles
Organization: FLIPANY (http://flipany.org/): An organization that works to combat obesity and promote healthy lifestyles
Project: Healthy Lifestyles Camp for disadvantaged kids (ages 8-14) that involves mountain biking, sports, healthy eating and making healthy snacks, leadership skills, environmental education, and more!
5. Eureka Springs, ARKANSAS - $600
Issue: Wildlife Protection
Organization: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (http://www.turpentinecreek.org/): An organization that provides a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected "Big Cats"
Project: Working with the wildlife refuge to help take care of the animals and building a new enclosure to protect the big cats.