Students Spend Break Giving Back

The allure of a sunny, beach vacation did not keep some Truman students from volunteering during the University’s midterm break.

Approximately 360 Truman students participated in service trips through various organizations on campus.

Twenty-two members of Alpha Phi Omega went to Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn. While there, members worked with the National Park Service crew clearing trails.

The Baptist Student Union took 12 students to Memphis, Tenn., during break. Students worked to renovate a summer camp and volunteered at a senior center.

Campus Christian Fellowship took 225 people to Sophia, N.C., where the group worked to fix up Camp Calloway, a boys camp. Students cleared trails, raked leaves, split wood, hauled mulch, repaired windows and roofs, built picnic tables and constructed a disc golf course and a paintball field.

Students representing the Catholic Newman Center helped rebuild a town in Arkansas that was destroyed by tornadoes more than one year ago. Approximately 25 students participated.

The Flame Ministries did Hurricane Katrina relief work with a New Orleans church, and 16 students participated.

Habitat for Humanity students visited Biloxi, Miss., where a 25-person group worked with a Habitat affiliate to do construction in a neighborhood of Habitat homes.

One student volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Jefferson City by painting a home with others from the area.

In San Francisco, 22 Lutheran Student Fellowship students completed various projects including beach clean-up and work for Habitat for Humanity, a food bank and a children’s museum.

Members of Truman’s Pi Kappa Phi Chapter volunteered through the fraternity’s philanthropic organization, Push America, at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Ga. Sixteen Truman students joined others from schools around the country to build an outdoor amphitheater and wooden benches.
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