SPRING BREAK-thru 2011
In an effort to help build stronger communities and promote leadership development, Purdue University Calumet is once again offering students an outreach alternative to spring break in March 2011.
Purdue Calumet is sponsoring “Spring Break-thru,” a community service program designed to enrich local, regional and national communities.
Already, one group of students is registered to serve in The Dominican Republic for Orphanage Outreach. They will be spending Spring Break teaching English to children, as well as encouraging them and befriending them through all kinds of activities. The trip is scheduled for March 12-19, 2011. Visit www.orphanage-outreach.org for more information about the site.
Students, staff, faculty and PUC alums can still choose to volunteer their services, March 14-18, 2011 at one of two sites located in Northwest Indiana: Save the Dunes, an organization committed to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Indiana Dunes and all natural resources in Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed for an enhanced quality of life; and, Lakeshore Area Regional Recovery of Indiana, better known as LARRI, is a long-term recovery committee formed to assist the survivors of the Sept. 2008 NW Indiana floods by restoring their homes to a safe, sanitary and secure standard. LARRI’s work is finally coming to a close and all flood restoration projects should be completed sometime in Summer 2011.
Service activities include maintenance and restoration work at LARRI, where there are still homes in need of cleanup after the flood. With Save the Dunes, students will be involved in planting, clean-up efforts and building cold frames which protect young plants from weather conditions. Spring Break-thru groups from 2010 all enjoyed the work they accomplished and felt good about the time they contributed to both of these organizations.
“At Purdue Calumet, we hope to develop quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong commitment to the community and active citizenship,” Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Melinda Dalgarn said. “It is our expectation that participants will become better educated about social issues and, therefore, be empowered to make more informed decisions as contributing members of their communities and society.”