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Students serve communities during alternative spring break

Posted by on March 12, 2018

Working together, a small group of people can better the lives of many. That’s the lesson learned for Aurora University and George Williams College students as they participated in alternative spring break programs last week.

Some AU students spent the week in Burlington, Wisconsin, to give a volunteer hand to Love, Inc., a nonprofit social service agency that serves the rural communities of Walworth and western Racine counties. During their adventure, they helped out in the organization’s food pantry and with its meals-for-seniors program.

“For some of our students, spending a few days in a small town in a rural area may be a new experience,” said Mark Woolfington, university chaplain. “I hope the students saw how even in a small community, great things can be done to meet the needs of residents.”

Other AU students spent time with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, Indiana. Students spent the week preparing home build sites, putting together staircases and building wall frames.

Meanwhile, 10 GWC students spent last week in Grafton, Illinois, near St. Louis, doing their part to help restore the Mississippi River alongside Living Lands and Waters, a nonprofit organization that protects rivers.

“Our alternative spring break program provides undergraduate students with service-oriented volunteer adventures that allow them to engage in community service, develop leadership skills and create strong bonds with other participants,” said Jenni Herrick, assistant dean and director of student success and engagement at GWC.