Friday, March 13, 2009

Alternative Spring Break

A big part of Dominican's mission is service. This spring break, students had the opportunity to go beyond beaches and bikinis and take part in some service. University Ministry's Alternative Spring Break gave students that opportunity.

Myself and five other students took advantage of Urban Plunge, one of four trips offered. This trip was over March 6-8 and consisted of working with several Chicago agencies to learn more about their causes and different volunteer opportunities. We visited an organization called Eco-Justice Collaborative that focuses on people taking care of our environment. We also worked with a mens homeless shelter and helped served food and prepare beds.

Overall the trip was very rewarding. At about $50 a person, the short-term alternative spring break offered us an opportunity to do service and learn more about the organizations in our very own back yard. Every student who went on Urban Plunge said that they felt their weekend was worthwhile.

Next year's spring break is less than a year away. How will you spend it?