Winter Break (March 7-16)
"Urban Mission Outreach"
Topic(s): Homelessness, Hunger, Faith (Christianity)
Leaders: Tawanda Murinda (’15) & Selasi Ametewee (’15)
Advisor: Ruth Tibbott
Come experience the beauty of St. Louis while reaching out to the homeless. Volunteer at the local food bank, provide community meals and take part in a "walk" around the streets of St. Louis. Experience service in an urban setting. Deepen your faith as well through fellowship with a Christian community.
“If You Build It, They Will Come”
Topic(s): Affordable Housing
Leaders: Marcus Schmidt (’15) & Robert Seubert (’15)
Advisor: Tanya Derner
We will be working with Habitat for Humanity to help provide affordable housing for lower income families in the San Antonio, Texas area. We will be working hand and hand with these families and will have the opportunity to connect and socialize with the families that we are building for. There are plenty of opportunities to work on this trip including painting, trimming, building, caulking, and helping others.
Not just an ordinary day, we’re doing it the Heifer Way!
Leaders: Sam Lippens (’15) & Jill Sadler (’15)
Advisor: Allyson Rafanello
Our trip will be heading down south to Perryville, Arkansas where we will be engaging in service and learning at Heifer Ranch! Heifer Ranch is part of the Heifer International project with a mission to, “work with communities to end hunger, and poverty, and care for the Earth.” Our volunteering will engage us in hands on service and activities to fuel this mission. Come prepared to experience what true ranch life is like! Best start practicing your southern drawl!
Going Green for the Greater Good: Urban Farming in the Inner-City
Topic(s): Sustainability/Environmental Awareness/Food Security
Leaders: Sarah Kielly (’15) & Kellie Solberg (’15)
Advisor: Anne Duncan
The purpose of this trip is for students to focus on sustainability, environmental awareness and food security issues. Skills learned on this trip can be applied to the Wartburg-Waverly community, and also in students’ hometowns. We will be constructing and planting raised garden beds and helping out at an after-school art program. The Urban Farming Guys is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources within inner-city communities. Projects this organization is doing includes community gardens, aquaponics, composting, and urban backyard farming. We hope this trip will inspire others to recognize the importance of food security and poverty within their communities and take action.
James River Blues
Topic(s): Environmental Awareness
Leaders: Connor Sheagren (’14) & Abby Shannon (’14)
Advisor: Kip Ladage
This trip will be going to James River St. Park in Virginia. We will be working on updating and maintaining a children’s natural play area. There may also be work on maintaining trails and cleaning various facilities throughout
“Disaster & Diversity - New Orleans the Second Chapter”
Topic(s): Disaster Relief
Leaders: Rachel Kleitsch (’15)
This season a typical work week would include: one day of work at the Louisiana Nature Center doing trail clearing, invasive species removal and tree planting. Two days of working at our two plant nurseries. One day of doing a planting project which often includes rides on airboats and other motor boats. And one day of work restoring historic Fort Pike and Fort Macomb. Both forts were built in the 1820's and are situated along the Gulf of Mexico to the east of New Orleans. Volunteers will get to excavate portions of the fort that have been buried and any volunteers with masonry skills can work on patching the old bricks. This work site is only a short ride to the beach where we can do some post work BBQ!
Service in the Mountain
Topic(s): Disaster Relief
Leaders: Geoffrey Adams (’14) & Mullohoji Juraev (’16)
This service trip will be going to Estes Park, CO. We will be working with the local YMCA on helping the community recover from recent floods. This will involve cleaning property, helping the local school, and whatever else is available at the time. We will also be part of a church café.