The Clayton State University Office of Campus Life’s annual Alternative Winter Break Programs are in full swing in two locations, on Cumberland Island off the Georgia Coast, and in New Orleans.
The Cumberland Island program, sponsored by Campus Life and the Clayton State Department of Recreation and Wellness, runs from Dec. 11 to Dec. 14. Volunteers will assist in various aspects of park operations such as the annual horse count inventories, work on historic structures and trail restoration and maintenance. Students on this trip will also take an active role in the Leave No Trace techniques of camping that promotes ways to reduce the impacts on nature when participating in all outdoor activities. Nine Clayton State students, along with Recreation and Wellness staff member Nicholas Kilburg, are participating in this project.
Campus Life’s Alternative Winter Break Volunteer Program in New Orleans runs from Dec. 11 to Dec. 17, and is part of the United Saints Recovery Project. Founded in 2007 as an outreach program of the First Street United Methodist Church to help families with restoration after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, United Saints focuses on revitalizing economically distressed neighborhoods afflicted by poverty and affected by the disaster. The program assists the elderly, handicapped, and otherwise disadvantaged residents to return to their homes.
Clayton State students will perform skilled and unskilled tasks such as painting, flooring, sheet rocking, plumbing, carpentry, landscaping, etc. Thirteen Clayton State students, along with staff members LaShanda Hardin and Tony Berry, are participating in this project.
More information on the Alternative Winter Break Volunteer Programs and the students involved will be available in January.