Through its service trips program, the Center for Community Engagement provides many opportunities for students to assist other communities. Below are trips which provide students the chance to experience new cultures and see different parts of the country while doing service.
Indianapolis Service Trip
The Center for Community Engagement will host a service trip to Indianapolis in the fall of 2014. Students will participate in the Great Indy Cleanup in Fountain Square, an anti-litter program run in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, which is designed to combat heavy litter and debris that has accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, green spaces and waterways.
Gary Service Trip
The Gary Service Trip is scheduled each fall semester. Students will visit ISU’s No Excuses classroom at the Charter School of the Dunes in Gary, Indiana. ISU students will interact with the school’s students through service activities and mentoring for the day. The cost for participants is $25. Registration will be available in August 2014.
Alternative Fall Break
Indiana State University’s third Fall Break Service Trip sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement will be November 21st to 23rd, 2014. In the past, ISU has teamed up with The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky, to work a weekend camp. Location TBA in spring of 2014.
Alternative Spring Break
Since ISU students first went to Jackson, Mississippi in 2004, for Alternative Spring Break (ASB), hundreds of Sycamores have participated in a variety of Alternative Break projects throughout the United States. Outreach efforts have included: working with youth, working with the elderly, environmental rehabilitation, wildlife rehabilitation, Gulf Coast clean-up, and minor home repair. ASB is a student-driven national movement that creates opportunities for students to reach out to communities around the nation and beyond. It fosters a lifelong commitment to citizenship and community engagement. While participating in ASB, students will gain knowledge, learn practical skills, and become more aware of the many social and environmental issues in the United States and around the globe.
March 9 - 15, 2014
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Freedom Foundation in Selma, AL: The Freedom Foundation focuses on educating and empowering local youth. Many of their projects focus on building confidence and creating an environment that is receptive to learning about different cultures. While visiting Selma, ISU students will have the opportunity to work with the youth program and help with community clean-up and painting projects. Our students will also take part in Non-Violence Training and learn more about the significance of Selma, Alabama for the Civil Rights Movement.
Camp Restore in New Orleans, LA: Camp Restore's mission is to restore faith, home and community. They coordinate projects in both construction as well as what we call Community Projects. For the construction projects, students will help to restore resident's homes who have yet to get home since Katrina. Community Projects volunteers get to see many different parts of the city and also meet a lot of people in different situations, with different stories. They have partnered with over seventy non- profits in the area and send volunteers to do different community projects every day.
Trip Full! Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, Hubert, NC: Possumwood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit center that exists solely on donations and grants, and the help of our dedicated volunteers. Their goal is to treat and release each animal and return them back to the wild. Many animals come to us due to conflicts with humans, such as being hit by cars, attacked by cats and dogs, or being taken away from their parents by well meaning but unknowing humans. They hold current state and federal licenses for wildlife rehabilitation, possession, and education.
Trip Full! Once Upon A Time in Maryville, TN: Located in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains, the mission focuses on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the environment, and rural Appalachia. A typical week involves two days in the Snowbird Cherokee community, one day in either the Cherokee National Forest or Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and one day homesteading at Once Upon A Time or volunteering at Sequoyah Museum. Service projects may include trail maintenance, gathering and splitting firewood, craft projects with senior citizens, and volunteer work with the local child development center.
Trip Full! SCORE International in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic: This trip gives students the opportunity to do service while experiencing the culture of the Dominican Republic. Working with SCORE International, students will participate in service activities that include distributing food in Dominican Villages, working with school children and going to orphanages working with children. Because this trip requires a flight, your fundraising requirements are higher than the domestic trips.
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