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Students Choose Service for Spring Break

Story by: Tendai Mutunhire '13

For some Colby students, the upcoming spring break is a time to extend a helping hand and volunteer off campus. Members of the Colby Volunteer Center’ Alternative Spring Break initiative will volunteer with charitable organizations in New York City during the March 19-27 recess.

Another service spring break trip organized by the Colby Christian Fellowship will send 13 students on a 30-hour bus ride to New Orleans to help rebuild housing as that region continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina. And nine students will visit five Indian reservations in Maine with the Wabanaki-Bates-Bowdoin-Colby collaborative linking Maine' Native American tribes with the three colleges.

This year Maddie Louis ’13, Larissa Lee ’13, and Kelsey Naruse ’13 will lead the weeklong Alternative Spring Break trip to New York. The three sophomores promoted the trip in advance and mounted a fundraising campaign that raised more than a thousand dollars to defray trip expenses.

The group plans to visit a half dozen volunteer locations, including the Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, and a food pantry and assistance program center called Part of the Solution. The CVC is maintaining a blog for the trip with descriptions of the program and links to intended worksites.

Tendai Mutunhire '13
Marondera, Zimbabwe
Majors: Music and Creative Writing