Spring Break 2013
Community Development (Costa Rica)
We sent 9 students and one staff member to work with Appleseed Expeditions. This week-long trip allowed the team to work hand-in-hand with the La Carpio and La Fortuna communities. In La Carpio, participants focused on the construction of a classroom which is going to be used help educate the children in the town. While in La Fortuna, they worked directly with the staff and children at a local orphanage. Prior to the departure of the trip, the team held donation drives asking for coloring books, crayons, etc. to distribute amongst the children in Costa Rica.
Rural Poverty (Stokes County and Winston-Salem, NC)
For the second time in two years, we sent 6 students and 1 staff to work with King Outreach Ministries, East Stokes Outreach Ministries, Trinity United Methodist Church and Second Harvest Food Bank in their missions to fight hunger. Participants assisted with food bank orders, sorting donations, building a community garden, assisting with a community dinner and more. This trip was focused on the resources available for those in financial crisis and poverty stricken individuals in a rural area of North Carolina.
HIV/AIDS Education & Awareness (Nashville, TN)
We sent a team of 3 students and one staff member to focus on HIV/AIDS Awareness in a city that is only 2 hours away from UNA. During the trip, the participants were thoroughly educated about the issue of HIV/AIDS at multiple places including Vanderbilt’s Research & Vaccine Department and Nashville Cares. The group also traveled to smaller outreach agencies, such as First Response and Street Works, and volunteered in a focus group and performed maintenance. In addition, the participants volunteered in a call-a-thon at Street Works in an effort to gain support for the 7th AIDS Benefit Gala.
Weekend Warrior 2012
Hunger & Homelessness in the Rocket City (Huntsville, Alabama)
We sent 10 students the weekend of October 12-14 to work with the Downtown Rescue Mission to paint and serve dinner to clients. We also had the wonderful opportunity to work with John Frasier (Hungry for Him Ministry) to help feed a beautiful group of people who live under the 565 bridge.
Spring Break 2012
Rural Poverty (Stokes County and Winston-Salem, NC)
We sent 7 students and 1 staff to work with King Outreach Ministries, East Stokes Outreach Ministries, Trinity United Methodist Church and Second Harvest Food Bank in their missions to fight hunger. Participants assisted with food bank orders, sorting donations, building a community garden, assisting with a community dinner and more. This trip was focused on the resources available for those in financial crisis and poverty stricken individuals in a rural area of North Carolina. Participants also assisted in building bridges for trails at YMCA Camp Hanes in exchange for our housing during the trip.
English Literacy/Community Development/Orphan Outreach (Dominican Republic)
We sent 12 students and 3 staff to work with Outreach 360. Through this experience, participants were immersed in a diverse culture while teaching English literacy in local grade schools. Participants impacted and changed children's lives at Hope of a Child Orphanage in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic.
Fall Break 2011
Tornado Recovery at Home (Harvest, AL)
We sent a group of 30 students and 2 staff members to assist with tornado recovery from April 27. We worked with North Alabama Presbytery and the Limestone County United Way with projects from rebuilding homes, to cutting wood from downed trees, sorting donations at the disaster center warehouse and painting.
Spring Break 2011
Destination: King & Winston-Salem, NC
We worked with King Outreach Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank (Winston-Salem) and Camp Hanes. This trip was focused on the resources available for those in financial crisis and poverty stricken individuals.
Destination: Maryville, TN/Snow Bird Cherokee Community, NC
We worked with Once-Upon-A-Time in Appalachia whose mission focuses on the Cherokee Nation and rural Appalachia, and preserving the incredibly rich natural environment there.
Destination: Galveston, TX
We worked with One Mission: Galveston to assist victims of Hurricane Ike. Through this trip, volunteers not only provided much needed help, labor and support to the community, but also love, hope and encouragement.
Destination: Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
We worked with RE-MEMBER on home rehabilitation and renovation projects for the Lakota at Pine Ridge. This trip had a great deal of cultural immersion.
Fall Break 2010
Destination: Huntsville, AL
A group of students and one staff member worked with Lincoln Village Ministry in serving the working poor in the renovation of homes, developing school resources, painting the new community clinic, setting up a new library, etc.
Lincoln Village Ministry Logo
Destination: Birmingham, AL
A group of students and a staff member worked with the American Red Cross on educating inner-city populations on first aid, water safety and fire safety.
Destination: Chattanooga, TN
A group of students and one staff member worked with the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden with conservation efforts and restoring native plant life to the area.
Spring Break 2010
Destination: Fort Walton Beach, FL "Paw Pals"
A group of 7 students and 1 staff member worked with PAWS and RUFF in making renovations to the "no kill" shelters as well as assisting in caring for the animals at the shelters.
Destination: Chattanooga, TN "Operation Conservation"
A group of 11 students and 1 staff member worked with Riding Reflection Arboretum and Botanical Garden with conservation efforts and restoring native plant life to the area.
Fall Break 2009
During Fall Break 2009, sixteen UNA students made a big difference in the Shoals and Huntsville areas. Before leaving for the trip, the group participated in the "Project Night Night" program and collected 43 totes containing a stuffed animal, a book, and a blanket for the children at SafePlace of the Shoals. These students also went to Huntsville, AL to work with Lincoln Village Ministry, which provides affordable housing for the working poor, assistance with medical and legal bills, and improving the education of children in the area.