Michael Schebel, Special Assignments Reporter
For students that are not sure what to do during the upcoming spring break, UC is offering an “Alternative Spring Break” as a different option. It allows students to provide help to those in need.
This is now the second year that UC will offer the Alternative Spring Break program as it had been offered during the October break in previous years.
This is the first time the group will be venturing away from the Utica area. Last year, people involved with Alternative Spring Break did volunteer work for the local community.
The project will run from March 15-20, and travel arrangements and meals will be provided for those going on the trip.
Alternative Spring breakers, along with Director of New Student Programs Lauryn Moore and Area Coordinator Matt Vincent will be building houses with the help of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that works in all 50 U.S states and 70 other countries to build houses and shelters for those in need.
Moore said they will be traveling to Bel Air, Maryland, this year, which is just outside of Baltimore.
“We are building a duplex house for families in need of a home while also repairing pre-existing homes that others have built,” Moore said.
There are nine available spots for the trip. One is occupied by senior Kassidy Krenzer, who has participated in the alternative fall break the past two years at UC and said she is excited about this next volunteering opportunity.
“I like to see first hand how I have helped people,” Krenzer said. “It means a lot to know what I did had a positive impact on someone else’s life”.
The program hopes to expand and grow in the years to come in order to offer more trips for students. Krenzer said she would even like to see the program not only take students out of Utica to volunteer but even out of the country sometime in the future.
“It would be really cool to see if someday we could travel abroad to help those that need it or even clean plastic off of beaches,” Krenzer said.