Several UWM students and staff took an alternative route and volunteered their time this spring break to southern-style service work. This is the third year UWM has offered an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program through the university’s Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR). This March fifty participants traveled to Asheville, NC, for eight days of service projects, outdoor activities to strengthen leadership skills and lots of southern cooking.
Once in Asheville, students were welcomed and hosted by The Timothy Project, an organization that puts together service projects and trips in the Southeastern United States. Through The Timothy Project, participants visited various service sites, where they volunteered their services to help with homelessness, food security and environmental protection. Each day, lunch was served at the Veterans Rehabilitation Quarters (VRQ) where students ate, talked with and listened to the stories of veterans.
Student and staff participants also visited and volunteered at Asheville GreenWorks, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries, Manna FoodBank and Longbranch Environmental Education Center. However, it wasn’t just work and no play. Students spent time exploring downtown Asheville, whitewater rafting on the French Broad River and attending a Contra Dance at the Old Farmers Ball.
Samantha Bickert, Nicole Glaser and Rachel Spaulding coordinated the trip to Asheville along with 11 student team leaders and UWM CCBLLR. The Campus Activities Board provided assistance for the funding of this trip. For more information on CCBLLR, their events and programs, stop in at Union G28.