Spring Break Plunge Trips
Spring break in Cancun? Not for a handful of Redlands students who chose to use their time off to help others by doing community service on one of the two university Spring Break Plunge service trips.
The Redlands Spring Break Plunge began in the spring of 2006 as a response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Just six months after the devastating hurricane hit the city, the office of Community Service Learning took a group of students to Louisiana to help rebuild homes. The trip provided students with an opportunity to do something important during their spring break.
Since its inception, the program has expanded to include May Term break trips whenever service is needed in a certain area. Past programs include several trips to New Orleans, Kiln, Mich. and Galveston, Tex.
This year, due to overwhelming popularity, there were two separate spring break plunge opportunities, one to Kanalo, Utah to assist the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the other to Hawaii to work for Habitat for Humanity on the island of Maui.
This year’s plunge to Utah assisted the Best Friends Animal Society with basic clean-up, feeding, and grooming duties for all of the animals. "The Spring Break Plunge Trip to Best Friends Animal Society was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get the satisfaction of helping animals who are in dire need of adoption, but I made connections with students who share the same passion for service as myself. It will truly be an experience that I will never forget," said current student and program participant Michael Katz ’11.
This year’s Maui plunge took 17 students to work with Habitat for Humanity on a house build in Kula, Maui. Students also assisted in tearing down the temporary home the family had been living in.
“Spring break plunge was such a great opportunity. Seeing how much we helped just by demolishing a house was evident at the house dedication,” said student, Alyssa Brown ’12. “I would give anything to have another opportunity like this one to help somebody in the way we did over spring break.”
For more information about how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity or the Best Friends Animal Society visit their web sites.