Spring Break Immersion Program
Shepherd Catholic Church, Whitley City, KY
might be engaged in a variety of work tasks including small
home repair, assisting with an outreach reading program
for pre-school children, helping in the clothing store and
visiting people in the area. Days are well organized for
the volunteers by Sister Nancy and evenings after dinner
are time for reflection and relaxation.
Catholic Church (ECC), Albany, KY
will visit people of the region and do home repair tasks
ranging from painting and cleaning to building a room onto
a house. The objective is not only to accomplish needed
work, but also to meet and talk with the people. You will
meet extraordinary people and be exposed to a simple, wonderful
way of life. After dinner each night, volunteers reflect
on their daily experiences. Men and women stay at Holy Cross
Church with Fr. Larry. Although the Catholic community in
this area is quite small, it is as vibrant and loving as
any you will ever see.
Civic League, Ivanhoe, VA
may be engaged in a variety of work tasks including picking
up litter, refurbishing houses, painting, working at a used
clothing store or visiting the housebound or elderly. The
students will participate in a different educational activity
each evening to obtain knowledge of Appalachian culture
and the work of the Ivanhoe Civic League. Typically, there
are multiple groups of college students who will be with
you during the week.
small community nestled among the Appalachia mountains is
rich in both tradition and heritage. A crossroads town for
three Appalachian trails, Damascus displays enormous pride
and overwhelming hospitality. The service program flourishes
under the guidance of its organizers. Last year's group
participated in a variety of social and cultural activities,
performed socially oriented community service and helped
in reconstructive tasks. These tasks ranged from painting
to building, cleaning and landscaping. The group had the
pleasure of meeting many of the townspeople and enjoying
local culture and scenery. Students stayed at the local
Volunteer Rescue Squad Headquarters and had the opportunity
to share their week of service with one other school.
town in Whythe County is nestled in the Appalachia Mountains
of Southwest Virginia. The town covers approximately one
square mile and has a population of 1,083. Service projects
restore and improve the overall look of Rural Retreat. The
town and its surroundings are filled with loyal, hardworking
people striving for a better future for themselves and their
children while maintaining a hold on the area's rich heritage.
Days include upkeep of the town facilities, dining with
the community and attending local events.
Community Development, Inc., Hurley, VA
visited this old coal-mining town for the first time in
1998. This small community has experienced many financial
hardships and widespread unemployment as a large number
of coalmines have been closed. However, Mattie Christian
and Edna Justus, the two coordinators of the site, have
dedicated themselves to improving the spirit and conditions
of the community. Students will assist them in their effort
to complete community cleanup and building projects while
interacting with the residents and families throughout the
week. The volunteers at the community center are amazing
and inspirational people to talk with and work alongside.
is a small community in Northampton County on the eastern
shore of Virginia. The Concerned Citizens of Cape Charles
was formed to meet the needs of the low-income and elderly
citizens in the town who live in deteriorating housing.
Cape Charles is a historic town with many sites of interest.
The community has decided to paint, rehabilitate and clean
up every house in Cape Charles that needs it -- block by
small town located in southwest Virginia. This past year,
student volunteers helped the town in the development of
Camp Success Park. Working with people from the town, students
helped construct a small footbridge, paint park benches,
clear brush, install signs and spruce up flowerbeds and
playground equipment. Overall, it's a warm and generous
community that enthusiastically welcomes Holy Cross Students.
New Orleans, LA and Biloxi, Mississippi
After Hurricane Katrina hit, students traveled to the gulf regions to assist with the relief project.