CSU offering students alternative spring vacation

Students at Clayton State University will have a choice to use their spring vacation for personal leisure activity, or to lend a hand helping others.

CSU’s Department of Campus Life’s “Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Program” is offering students the opportunity to engage in community-based service projects for one week during the designated spring-break vacation, said John Shiffert, director of university relations.

Shiffert said students interested in taking advantage of the alternative-break program, have at least two options to help make a difference in the lives of others. Those, who want to stay close to home, can do volunteer work in Savannah, Ga., with the organization, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

“Like the previously announced Alternative Spring Break trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Savannah trip will run from Sunday, Mar. 4, to Thursday, Mar. 8,” said Shiffert.

He added that America’s Second Harvest Food Bank serves as a warehouse and distribution center for food and grocery products for food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, domestic abuse facilities, senior centers and daycare centers for needy individuals and children throughout Savannah, and the Coastal Georgia area.

“Projects for Alternative Spring Break include: sorting, stocking and shelving of donated products, and some light clerical work in the organization’s administrative office,” said Shiffert. “Participants will also have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of Georgia’s oldest city.”

The total cost of the trip for Clayton State students, he said, is $200, which includes transportation, lodging, some meals and group activities.

For additional information about America’s Second Harvest, visit its web site at: www.helpendhunger.org. Contact LaShanda Hardin, at lashandahardin@clayton.edu, or at (678) 466-5424, for additional information about CSU’s Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Program.