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The informational and sigup meeting will take place on November 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room. Spaces are limited—so be there if you want to join ASB 2011!

Trip #1 – Trail Building in Tennessee

For the eighth consecutive year, we intend to send out a group of about twenty students to work on the Tennessee trail building project. Last year, our group sent out a dozen students and one faculty member to work with members the Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC). The CTC’s stated mission is: To preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Tennessee; conserve natural resources and provide educational and recreational opportunities through the development and completion of the Cumberland Trail corridor; and to establish a foundation of support by interconnecting local communities within the trail corridor to acquire, maintain, and promote the Cumberland Trail.

Specifically, IUP worked with students from four other colleges to build new hiking trails in the southern regions of what will become the Cumberland Trail—Tennessee’s own version of the Appalachian Trail, just on a smaller scale.

Click on the following link to go straight to the CTC’s website for more information: Cumberland Trail Conference 

The site leaders for the Tennessee trip are Rachel Masterson (R.E.Masterson@iup.edu) and Frank Duncan (F.O.Duncan@iup.edu). Feel free to contact them to get more information or to get your name on the list of this year’s Tennessee participants.

Trip #2 – Animal Relief and Rescue in Texas

For the fourth consecutive year, ASB at IUP is heading to Texas, where...? We’re not quite sure yet, but it will be somewhere warm and full of unique charm. IUP students will be working as volunteers with an animal rescue farm somewhere in the middle of the state, near San Antonio or Dallas. We are currently setting the limit for this trip at sixteen, so make sure you make it to the November meeting to sign up and to get more specific information about the location of the trip.

The site leader for the Texas trip is Josh Peters (J.R.Peters2@iup.edu). Feel free to contact him to get more information or to get your name on the list of this year’s Texas participants.

Trip#3 – Habitat for Humanity in Brewton, Alabama

For the fifth year in a row, ASB at IUP will be sending out a group of students to work in the Gulf region to work with people who were affected by the ravages of several recent hurricanes. This year, we are hooking up with Habitat for Humanity in the southern Alabama town of Brewton. In all likelihood, work will involve clearing, cleaning, and construction work.

The site leaders for this trip are Maria Bodenschatz (M.Bodenschatz@iup.edu) and James Vamboi (J.M.Vamboi@iup.edu). Feel free to contact them to get more information or to get your name on the list of this year’s Alabama participants.

Trip #4 – Facility Maintenance and Meditation Instruction

ASB at IUP will be sending a small group of students (twelve to fifteen) to northern Vermont to assist the staff of America’s oldest meditation center (Karmê Chöling) in the upkeep of the facility. Students will also gain experience in meditation instruction (in the Shambala tradition), provided by staff members of Karmê Chöling.

Note: Because of the nature of this trip, site leaders will be screening participants to determine if they are indeed suited for this type of volunteer situation.

Click on the following link to go straight to Karmê Chöling’s website for more information: Shambhala Meditation Center 

The site leader for this trip is Elyse Shirley (E.Shirley@iup.edu). Feel free to contact her to get more information or to get your name on the list of this year’s Vermont participants.

Trip #5 – Habitat for Humanity in Winter Haven, Florida

For the fifth year in a row, ASB at IUP will be sending out a group of students to work in the Gulf region to work with people who were affected by the ravages of several recent hurricanes. This year we are hooking up with Habitat for Humanity in Winter Haven, Florida. In all likelihood, work will involve clearing, cleaning, and construction work.

The site leader for this trip is Sara Selan (s.j.selan@iup.edu). Feel free to contact her with any questions.

Trip #6 – New Orleans for Alternative Spring Break

For the first time, ASB at IUP is heading to New Orleans!! This trip has been designed to immerse students in the New Orleans culture while giving back to the community. The trip will consist of service projects, community engagement, and a high emphasis on personal service reflections. We will be living in New Orleans at Camp Restore, and will be provided housing and meals at a low cost. This trip will not only feature building restoration, but also a variety of other community projects. Prior to and during the trip, participants will actively partake in service reflections that help to determine why service is important to them. Students are expected to remain with the group at all times.

Note: This trip will be taking place during Mardi Gras and, due to this, site leaders will be interviewing all potential participants to determine if they are suited for this environment.

Site Leaders: Eric Zarzeczny (wfrp@iup.edu), student leader, and R.C. Stabile (dlmr@iup.edu), IUP staff advisor

Trip#7 – Washington, D.C., for Alternative Spring Break

The trip will consist of volunteering at A Wider Circle, a human service agency that provides basic need items to families transitioning out of shelters or simply living without life’s necessities. This organization has helped to furnish the homes of more than 1,000 children and adults every single month, all free of charge. AWC also goes into low-income schools and shelters to lead educational workshops on topics ranging from healthy self-esteem and stress management to resume writing and financial planning. They go where the needs are greatest and do what is most needed. Additionally, students on this trip will be meeting with a congressman or representative about poverty (and what other issues students may have). There will also be one day of exploring the city.

The site leader for this trip is Bridget Connolly (b.j.connolly@iup.edu). Please contact her if you are interested in this trip.

Trip#8 – Honduras: possibly our first international trip

Like the trip to Washington, D.C., details are still being sorted out for this trip. Obviously, this trip will be much more costly than those which are located in the U.S., but this will be the chance of lifetime for all participants. The volunteer effort will be in association with the Villa Gracia Mission, located outside of Tegucigalpa, Hondura’s largest city and capital. Plane fare is estimated at approximately $750 at this point.

If we are able to put this trip together, the site leader will be Eddie Cervantes (E.Cervantes@iup.edu). Contact Eddie for more information.

Direct all other inquiries to ASB’s advisor, Dr. Caleb Finegan: cfinegan@iup.edu.

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