April 22, 2013
Alternative Spring Break trips
During spring break, many Wentworth students traveled home or to warm locations to celebrate spring break. Forty students, however, chose to spend the week doing community service in one of three locations: cities in Florida, New Orleans, and right here in Boston.
The 14 students who chose to volunteer on the Boston project wanted to address the needs in their local community. They performed community service at several different sites including the Greater Boston Food Bank, Headstart, Cradles to Crayons, St. Francis House (a homeless shelter in downtown Boston) and Brookview House, a non-profit organization which aims to help homeless and at-risk families learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
“I tend to get caught up in my own life and forget that there are others around me that need help, so I really wanted to take this opportunity to do that,” said Brittany Wilson, a co-coordinator of the trip.
The 14 students who traveled to Florida spent their time working on environmental projects at sites including the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, the Everglades Outpost – a wildlife rescue and refuge center—and the Urban Paradise Guild, a non-profit organization that adds native plants to urban environments to protect human infrastructure.
The main focus of the 12 students who went to New Orleans was house recovery. Students worked with United Saints Recovery Project and Eight Days of Hope to help rebuild some of the houses damaged after Hurricane Isaac.
“We really wanted to get in the community, get to know them while we were there and see what else we could do to help,” co-coordinator of the trip Patricia Rizzo said.
- Dennis Nealon