Several Clayton State University students recently participated in the Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Program.
Sherry Cornwall (Jonesboro), Tiarra Irvin (Morrow), Jazmin Kersey (Morrow), Veronica Brooks (Hampton), Abigail Pope (Stockbridge), Christopher Toussaint (Morrow), TaJonique Wray (McDonough), Meagan Wyatt (Fayetteville), Timothy Jones (Ellenwood) and Deja Nichols (Decatur) traveled to Savannah, Ga., and volunteered with America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. America’s Second Harvest Food Bank serves as a warehouse and distribution center of food and grocery products for food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, domestic abuse facilities, senior centers and daycare centers for low-income children through Savannah and the Coastal Georgia area.
Nichols, a health care management major, is a member of Clayton State’s AmeriCorps program who has a passion for helping others.
“My experience was awesome,” she says. “I was able to assist with preparing meals for low income families, kids that are at risk, churches, and after school programs.”
Nichols adds that she will encourage students to consider alternative spring break because it enhances their leadership skills.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with different people, as well as reach out to communities,” she says. “You feel highly lifted and motivated when you complete the assigned task.”
Projects for Alternative Spring Break included sorting, stocking and shelving of donated products and some light clerical work in the organization’s administrative office. Participants also had the opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of Georgia’s oldest city.
LaShanda Hardin, leadership and service learning coordinator for the Clayton State Department of Campus Life served as the staff advisor for this Alternative Spring Break Program.
“These service trips allow students to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the issues affecting people across the world daily,” Hardin says. “Our goal is to have students come away from the experience with a deeper understanding of community service, social activism; cultural understanding and the desire create change both close to home and across the world.”