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CSU students will spend holiday break volunteering

A handful of Clayton State University students will spend their holiday break volunteering on Cumberland Island, off the Georgia Coast, or in New Orleans.

John Shiffert, director of University Relations, said their volunteerism is part of the university’s Alternative Winter Break Volunteer program, sponsored by Campus Life and the Clayton State Department of Recreation and Wellness.

“Volunteers will assist in various aspects of park operations [on Cumberland Island], such as the annual horse count inventories,” said Shiffert. Also, the students will work on historic structures and trail restoration and maintenance.

“Students on this trip will also take an active role in the ‘Leave No Trace techniques’ of camping that promote ways to reduce the impacts on nature when participating in all outdoor activities,” Shiffert said.

The students also are expected to perform skilled, and unskilled tasks, such as painting, flooring, sheet-rocking, plumbing, carpentry, landscaping, CSU’s spokesman added.

The voluntary program will run from Dec. 11, through Dec. 14, and the Campus Life volunteer program in New Orleans will run from Dec. 11, to Dec. 17.

Shiffert said the Campus Life volunteer program in New Orleans is part of the United States Recovery Project. He said the project was founded in 2007, after the “devastation” of Hurricane Katrina. The initiative, he said, is an outreach program of the First United Methodist Church, to help assist families affected by the disaster.

“The program assists the elderly, handicapped, and otherwise disadvantaged residents to return to their homes,” said Shiffert.