While Wilson College students have made a
tradition of Alternative Spring Break trips with Habitat for Humanity,
this year the students have gone the extra mile. Wilson's new Habitat
for Humanity Club is a national college chapter. This student group
works throughout the year to plan the Alternative Spring Break trip, as
well as working with the local Chambersburg Habitat for Humanity Chapter
on local builds at least one weekend a semester.
Alternative Spring Break
Spring Breaks provide an opportunity for students to concentrate their
community service efforts into one week. Instead of going home or on
vacation, students "give up" their break, to give someone else a break.
Most ASBs involve travel, with opportunities to do some sightseeing
along the way. All ASBs include the opportunities to serve, learn, and
How Much Does It Cost?
on how much money we raise doing fundraisers! Generally, students pay
about $100 a year, which includes all expenses. The actual cost per
student is between $300 and $700. The difference is made up by donations
from local churches, offerings at special chapel services, and
fundraisers. If you'd like to help us raise money, just call ext. 3307,
or look for signs all over campus.
Wilson's first Alternative Spring Break took place in 1995. That year,
10 Wilson students and the chaplain headed to Drift, KY to rebuild homes
for the elderly poor of that region. In 1997, 6 students plus the
chaplain spent their spring break at the N. Street Village Shelters for
Homeless Women in Washington, DC. In 1998, a large group (15) headed to
St. Petersburg, FL, where they helped build homes for God's people in
need with Habitat for Humanity.
Over the past five years students have traveled to various places to
build homes through the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. For
more information, check out the Collegiate Challenge Website.