Departing Sunday, Mar. 9 and returning Saturday, Mar. 15, six Clayton State University students participated in the Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Program sponsored by the Department of Campus Life.
Briana Davis (Riverdale), Jasmine Hardy (Lithonia), Taylor Hughes (Lithonia); Nadia King (Decatur), Elyssa Sims (Mableton) and Thadeous Taylor (Lithonia), traveled to Tampa, Fla., to volunteer with the Hillsborough County Habitat for Humanity. The Hillsborough Habitat for Humanity is in the final stage of building a 15-home neighborhood called Providence Pointe located in the East Tampa community.
Sims, a business management major, is a recent transfer student from Savannah who wanted to become more involved on campus.
“I had an awesome time,” she says. “I was able to make some new friends, learn a new skill and be a blessing to someone all at the same time.”
Davis, a psychology major, wants to encourage students to consider alternative spring break because it enhances knowledge and skills you can use for the rest of your life.
“You feel accomplished and motivated when you look back at all the work you accomplished throughout the week.”
Participants had the opportunity to work on three different housing in various stages of construction. Work included installing insulation and siding, assisting with roof trusses, learning how to use power tools, laying sod, painting, and installing mini blinds, locks and doorknobs. Participants also had the opportunity to enjoy a traditional spring break experience by enjoying some free time at both Maderia Beach and Clearwater Beach.
LaShanda Hardin, leadership and service learning coordinator for the Department of Campus Life served as the staff advisor for this Alternative Spring Break Program.
“These service trips allow students to engage in direct “hands-on” projects that address critical needs,” 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.”