Alternative Spring Break provides students an opportunity to give to others as well as experience personal reflection, growth and fun along the way. The Alternative Spring Break trip serves as a tool for letting our students become more familiar with the world in which they now live in, introduce them to experiences they have never had, and exemplify Keuka College’s vision and mission.
In 2010, we travelled to Bethel Bible Village in Hixson, TN. Our work ranged from creating a drainage system under the house (digging the trench, laying the pipe and stone), home construction, landscaping, prepping goods at their thrift store to playing with the children of the Village throughout the week. Our group of 19 visited the First Hixson Baptist Church for Sunday service, Ruby Falls, and toasted the end of our trip with a Chattanooga specialty, the moon pie.
In 2011, we travelled to work with the Franciscans for the Poor in Cincinnati, OH. We stayed at the Tau Community House in St. Bernard, OH with a student group from the Newman Center at the University of Missouri. Our work sites included: the Cincinnati Housing Partners (a housing initiative geared towards providing homes for the lower and middle class of Cincinnati), Mercy St. John’s (a social services organization with a soup kitchen that served 80,000 people this past year), Matthew 25 Ministries (a relief agency warehouse that we helped in the 2009-2010 school year through the Matthew 25 Project), C.A.I.N. (Churches Active In Northside, a food pantry), Rose Garden, the Ronald McDonald House, and Redwood. Our group of 12 visited Skyline Chili for some good ‘ol fashioned Cincinnati chili, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Venice on the Vine, and toasted the end of our trip with an Ohio/Kentucky specialty, a scoop of Graeter’s ice cream.