Alternative Spring Break
(Pictured, Two AmeriCorps members from St. Bernard Project, Audrey and Julie, MSU Volunteers, and AmeriCorps Volunteer Resource Center Coordinator Courtney)
Students who participated in Alternative Spring Break '15 had an AMAZING service-learning experience! Student Volunteers spent a week (March 9 to 13) doing Hurricane Sandy relief in Keansburg, NJ with the St. Bernard Project.
The main focus of the week was rebuilding a condominium for a growing family of four that had been displaced for several years since Hurricane Sandy hit. For the family, it had become a financial burden to fix their house because they were also paying rent for an apartment. Over the course of the week, Montclair put up sheetrock in the living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen. They were able to see the progress of the condo each day and in the end, left Keansburg satisfied for being able to give selflessly. Overall, Student Volunteers dedicated around 200 combined hours overall.
In addition to the labor Student Volunteers did, they had time for self-reflection and making new friends!