NewsPress Release: 3/20/02
MARLBORO, VT - Seven Marlboro College students will travel to South Carolina on March 22 for a week of working with a relief center to help renovate homes for the elderly in rural and poverty-stricken areas.
The student volunteers will be working 10-12 hours per day with the United Methodist Relief Center (UMRC.org), whose mission is to address the problem of substandard housing and the underlying causes of poverty in rural areas of South Carolina.
The trip is being sponsored by Marlboro's Career Development Office, Student Activities Office, and the Community Service Committee. Donations of tools and other supplies have been provided by True Value Hardware on East Main Street in Wilmington, Vermont.
Marlboro students participating in this alternative spring break trip include freshmen Josh Burns of Saratoga Springs, New York, Liz Crain of Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Hallett of Middlebury, Connecticut, Jesse Keane of Denver, Colorado, and Matt Levasseur of Andover, Connecticut, and juniors Andrea Heny of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, and Micah Mutrux of Craftsbury, Vermont.
Accompanying the students will be trip organizer Carrie Weikel, Marlboro's director of community service and career development. "Volunteer work really complements the college's formal, on-campus learning experience," says Weikel. "It provides opportunities for students to get out there and do different things and meet new people."
She and the students will be living in a house provided for volunteers by the relief center. Students from Auburn University in Alabama will be sharing the house and the volunteer experience with the Marlboro students.
According to Weikel, "Traveling to South Carolina for this program offers such a great opportunity to see a different part of the country." Some time will be allotted for students to relax on the nearby beaches of Isle of Palms.
For more information about Marlboro College, call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at http://www.marlboro.edu.