Spring Break Trips!
CSM is once again offering the opportunity to go on service trips during Spring Break (March 4-12th)! We’re offering five different trips, as well as others that are being offered by FOCUS. Each trip will cost $200. Drivers will also be reimbursed for gas and will likely receive a trip fee deduction. The first round of applications is due 1/31 – after that the trips will remain open, but the availability of spots will be first-come-first-serve. Please contact Maria Wnorowski (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-808-8265) if you have any questions!
Habitat For Humanity Trip to Augusta, GA – The main project for this week will be building a new home for a low-income family. Other possible tasks may include assisting in organizing the Habitat store, working to restore homes, painting or otherwise assisting with other operations. This is a great trip for people who enjoy serving others through manual labor, seeing the tangible results of their efforts, and working alongside people of all walks of life.
Habitat For Humanity Trip to Athens, OH – This is a pretty flexible trip – the main goal is to assist in building homes for low-income families or other related tasks. Possible tasks could include assisting in organizing the Habitat store, working to restore homes, helping to construct a new home, painting or otherwise assisting with other operations. This is a great trip for people who enjoy serving others through manual labor, seeing the tangible results of their efforts, and working alongside people of all walks of life.
Simple House in Washington, D.C. – Working in an urban setting, assisting a non-profit social justice operation in serving the homeless or otherwise displaced people in the area. This will likely involve many personal encounters with those who you are serving and opportunities to learn more about the difficult circumstances facing the poor.
Whiffletree Farm in Warrenton, VA – Whiffletree Farm is a local, sustainable, Catholic farm located in Virginia. The trip will focus on learning about what it takes to work with both animals and people. Tasks will include helping out with farm chores such as preparing a paddock for chickens, crating hens and bringing them out to pasture running wire, collecting eggs, etc. This trip will also include group discussions and presentations about the different ways to live out the Catholic faith and the relationship between the Catholic faith and the environment. This will be a good trip for people with an interest in working outside and with their hands as well as people who want to learn more about what it means to combine passion and living out the faith.
*Note: this trip will run Tuesday March 7th to Saturday March 11th
Saltadere, Haiti – Visiting St. Thomas Aquinas’ twin parish in Saltadere, Haiti. Aspects of the trip will include visiting and spending time with the students at the St. Michel’s Catholic School, taking part in the dedication of the new village clinic, hikes to visit other members of the community and to check on the water system, and whatever other tasks both the local priest and STA Haiti Committee have planned. This will be a good trip for anyone with an interest in serving our brothers and sisters in Christ in a very personal but not necessarily physical way.
*Note: The cost for this trip is not set yet, but will likely end up in the $700-800 range.
More about Service:
CSM organizes several service days throughout the semester, as well as Spring Break Trips each year. On our service days we work with organizations in the local Charlottesville community, including Pacem, the Catholic Worker Program, Loaves and Fishes, Books Behind Bars, and The Haven. Check the CSM calendar for upcoming service days. And check back for more information about the Spring Break Trips being offered this year. Please contact the CSM Peace and Justice Chair to get involved with these and other social justice projects.