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Colorado Vincentian Volunteers: Spring Break 2014

Denver, CO – Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
Visit Denver and experience the beauty and hardships in a city below the Rockies. Do service work outside your comfort zone through work in community centers, emergency shelters, child tutoring programs, home improvement, and much more! As a participant, you will go to a variety of sites throughout the week, performing various types of service with some of Denver’s finest. Immerse yourself amongst the diverse but economically poor Denver community and cover topics such as homelessness, poverty, environmental issues, and more. Spend a meal eating at the SAME café, a local restaurant that functions only on goodwill donations, and experience other volunteer services offered in the Mile High City. During downtime, you can build community within your Denver trip “family” at St. Ignatius, a Jesuit Parish, and venture through the beautiful Rocky mountains. For those considering a year of volunteering after graduation, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to experience the welcoming Denver community and learn what the CVV program has to offer.
Relevant Websites: Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

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Detroit, MI Daughters of Charity : Spring Break 2014

Detroit, MI – Daughters of Charity
Daughters of Charity in Farmington Hills, MI

Students will live with the Daughters of Charity religious women’s community. The Daughters of Charity have designed a week for students to work with and learn from workers and guests at a local soup kitchen, toured GED center, and helped with school-aged kids. Students may work homeless outreach to youth as well. This site has a variety of direct and indirect service. It is structured to show the poverty and outreach in Detroit, which has one of the nation’s highest poverty and unemployment levels after many automobile factories closed. The Daughters of Charity will give an orientation of the community and spend time reflecting, sharing and eating with the group.
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Detroit Poverty, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

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Variety of Direct Service: Spring Break 2014

East St. Louis, IL – Hubbard House
Variety of Direct Service

Sr. Marge Clifford organizes opportunities to work with outreach organizations in East St. Louis. Meet the staff and community members who are working at the homeless shelter tirelessly to improve their community. Students may work in a soup kitchen, thrift store or in school based setting. The students will stay at Hubbard House, whose mission is to “serve those who serve” by providing housing and meals as needed for area volunteers. Hubbard House provides a forum for discussing why there is poverty, why people continue to be poorer and why the “system” does not support the needs of the poor. There is a large focus on education and how it affects the cycle of poverty. Incorporated within this process are opportunities for advocacy and discussing systemic change, for example: What can you do about it?
Hubbard House, Information about Joe Hubbard and Founding of Hubbard House, US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

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Columban Border Immersion: Spring Break 2014

El Paso, TX – Columban Border Immersion

The Missionary Society of St. Columban’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach will host this border immersion. Hearing peoples’ stories and accompanying them will be the focus of this trip. You will talk with community members about the pressures, challenges and joys of living and working along the border; additionally, learning about the violence in Juarez and the challenges of immigration, migration, land rights, economics, and sustainability. Students will stay at the Columban Mission Center, which has been refurbished in a sustainable way. Hands on service will be extremely limited but may include a day working on a community garden in the area and cooking a meal for hosts. Be present for Ministry of accompanyment, listening to service and supporting community efforts. Although you will not be crossing the border, you are required to have a valid United States ID and a passport with you.Relevant Websites: Columban Advocacy & Outreach, Justice for Immigrants,Video about Lomas del Poleo Land Dispute,

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Visitation Monastery: Spring Break 2014

Minneapolis, MN – Visitation Monastery

“Ubuntu: I am because you are!” This welcoming phrase not only greets Minneapolis service trip participants, but is a theme intertwined in this rich, cross-cultural immersion. Share meals and converse with passionate, engaged members of the North Minneapolis community, including our host, the Visitation Sisters. The peacefulness and hospitality of the St. Jane House is apt for meditation, conversation, and education. By attending a service at a mosque and partaking in an immigration reform protest, participants encounter a wide range of cross-culture experiences and political activism. Participants can engage in meaningful and thought-provoking service opportunities, such as preparing groceries for refugees, painting church interiors, and working alongside Urban Homeworks, a non-profit community developer. With a focus on cross-cultural understanding and educational dialogue, participants encounter a vast richness of culture, religion, and social justice issues.
Relevant Websites: St. Jane House US Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Justice

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Daughters of Charity in Alabama: Spring Break 2014

Mobile, AL – Daughters of Charity
Daughters of Charity in Alabama

The students will be living with the Daughters of Charity and working with Catholic Service Center, a part of Catholic Charities. Each day will be something different at this site. Days of service will include engaging with people experiencing poverty, organizing a clothing store, one day at the L’arche Community, one day at an elementary school and one day working in Bayou La Batre (a very poor area in the southern part of Mobile County that was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and is currently being affected by the gulf oil spill).
Relevant Websites: Daughters of Charity, Oil Spill Blog,

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