Alternative Spring Break 2012
The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) experience is part of GMC’s commitment to combine education for professional competency with the Mercy tradition of service to society. College students, faculty and staff who participate in these trips share a desire to serve others, to grow in their Mercy identity and spirituality, and to learn more about poverty and social justice. Spending time in a different culture and reflecting together on their experience gives our students a deeper understanding of the struggles of people everywhere who are poor and vulnerable, helps them to grow in self-knowledge, and moves them to continue service in their own communities upon their return.
This year we were delighted to send 26 students on four different ASB trips: Biloxi, Cincinnati, New Orleans and New York. See below for trip photos and links to the agencies with whom we served.
One of the things we learned about food security is that SNAP benefits (food stamps) cannot be used for many basic necessities such as household cleaners or personal care products. Here, the students used money they had raised to purchase items they had noticed missing from the shelves of two agencies where we volunteered!
Birthday Party for Seniors
Mercy Franciscan St. John
Life in Cincinnati . . .
At home with sisters of Regina Hall
Mercy Housing and Human Development
Everyone was hard at work . . .
And then we went home to reflect on our days . . .
. . . but not spend much time in our bedrooms!
Beautiful Hurricane Katrina Memorial
New York City
Welcome Table (Manhattan)
Ita Ford Center (Brooklyn)
Mercy Center (The Bronx)
We enjoyed tutoring as well as games and arts-and-crafts
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mercy Endeavors Senior Center
Scrap-Booking with the Seniors: Sharing Stories, Warming Hearts!
Thank you to everyone who made these amazing trips possible!
St. Alphonsus Elementary School
Kindergarden Field Day!