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SERVICE LEARNING TRIPS

Service Learning: Home Repair & Weatherization
Supporting Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia, PA

March 26-28, 2013 (Depart 8:30 AM Tuesday & Return late Thursday)

Over one in eight Philadelphia homeowners can’t afford to make critical repairs to their homes.  In 2011, the Weatherization and Home Repair Program (WHRP) was started to address the need for affordable and accessible home repairs for low income families in Philadelphia.  The goal of WHRP is to preserve the current housing stock in the neighborhoods where Habitat builds, and protect current homeowners by offering affordable home repairs in return for sweat equity hours. These critical home repairs stabilize the blocks where Habitat works by preventing abandonment and vacancy.

Interested students can join a team that will help restore a home and support other services that are serving the homeowners in need.  Students should be prepared to work long days and to get their hands dirty.  The team will also participate in a “Restore” to organize and take inventory of donated items for homes in need.  The team may participate in a “supply” drive to collect needed items for the community prior to actually departing for the trip.
  • Only 3 spots will be held for graduating seniors.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
  • Cost is $75.00 per student payable by check or money order only!
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee your acceptance. If you are selected to participate in the S-L trip, then your payment will be due by: March 5th at 3:00 PM.

All spots have been filled. Join us next semster.

 

Service Learning: Urban Justice Plunge
Exploring homelessness and hunger in Washington D.C.

March 26-28, 2013 (Depart early Tuesday and return late Thursday)

Our Nation's Capital is infamously known for one of the highest homeless rates in the entire country (several sites name D.C. as the highest while some name Detroit). More than 20% of the city lives below the poverty line while the price for food and rent continues to rise! 13% of those privileged to live in a "home" are still considered "food insecure," which means they are unsure of where their food will come from on nearly a daily basis.

The Baruch team of students will partner with the staff at The Pilgrimage in their vision to "build communities where people are invested in eradicating hunger, homelessness, and poverty with a deep understanding of the myths, stereotypes, and systemic structures that create these inequalities." The students will engage in service projects as well as challenging dialogues about the core issues of oppression and poverty. One of the central speakers will be the "poet in residence" for the Pilgrimage, who is a man that was at one time homeless and now speaks to the issues about homelessness on a national level. Students will also explore one of the great cultural and historic institutions in Washington, DC (National Museum of the American Indian or Holocaust Museum).

  • Only 3 spots will be held for graduating seniors.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
  • Cost is $75.00 per student payable by check or money order only!
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee your acceptance.  If you are selected to participate in the S-L trip, then your payment will be due by: March 5th at 3:00 PM.

All spots have been filled. Join us next semster.