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Students to Give 9,000 Hours of Service Over Spring Break

Students to GIve 9,000 Hours of Service Over Spring Break

Creighton University students will perform more than 9,000 hours of service during the University’s 27th annual Spring Break Service Trips, March 7-14. The program is sponsored by the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ).

The 232 students will travel to 26 sites around the country, including sites in Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Four groups will stay in Omaha for half-week trips. The four service projects in Omaha will allow 31 students to live in solidarity with immigrants, refugees, the homeless, and explore environmental issues and sustainability.

The service projects across the country vary by trip from physical labor to working with the homeless. Students heading to Indianapolis will work in a health clinic for the uninsured. Another group in Wind River, Wyo. will experience life on the St. Stephens Indian Mission through meeting tribal leaders, visiting the schools and participating in cultural experiences.

The trips cost $260 per student and each is required to pay $225. To help with additional costs, the group organizes fundraising events, and the CCSJ offers need-based scholarships.

Thespring break trips began in 1983 when seven nursing students traveled to eastern Kentucky to do service work. CCSJ took over some of the behind-the-scenes administrative tasks when it was created in 1995, but the program still remains student-led and student-funded.