The Creighton University Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) is sending 144 students to 17 different locations across the nation, from New Mexico to Ohio, for a weeklong or five-day spring break service trip beginning March 8.
During the trips, students will participate in service and immersion activities while learning about key social issues facing the communities they visit like homelessness, poverty, the need for immigration reform, lack of adequate housing and the need for quality education.
The service trips are led and scheduled by two trained student coordinators who will lead a group of 6-14 of their peers in a weeklong experience of service, justice, solidarity, sustainability, simplicity, community and reflection.
CCSJ has four groups staying in Nebraska with each focusing on different issues. One group is continuing a partnership with the Siena/Francis House and will focus on the problems facing the poor and homeless in Omaha. Another group is looking at sustainability in Nebraska and will split the week between Omaha and Lincoln. There are two new groups based in Nebraska this semester: one is serving and learning about the North Omaha community and the other is partnering with Mosaic in Omaha to serve the special needs community of Bethpage in Axtell, Neb.
The service sites fulfill a variety of interests including tutoring children and adults, offering childcare, volunteering at assisted living homes and soup kitchens and doing yard and housework for local residents. The CCSJ has offered services trips for more than 30 years.
For more information, updates and pictures from the trips check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/creightonccsj