Alternative Spring Break 2012
OCO offered four trips during the 2012 Spring Break. Participants explored sustanability issues in Charleston, South Carolina, health and health care issues in Boston, Native American issues in Cherokee, North Carolina and children's issues in Kissimmee, Florida.
The Boston group served at several sites including the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), the International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC), the AIDS Action Committee (AAC), and Ethos Senior Assisted Living. At BHCHP, the group served at the Barbara McInnis House, a medical respite facility for homeless men and women who are too sick to be in shelters or on the streets, but not sick enough to be hospitalized. They led patient activities including recreation, arts and crafts, board and video games. At IMEC, the group sorted and packaged medical supplies to be shipped globally. They also created emergency room packages. The group was scheduled to work at AAC’s second largest fundraiser, Taste of the South End.” Prior to their arrival in Boston, another large volunteer group canceled so the BW group was asked to work the entire event for over 12 hours. They set up, worked the event, and cleaned up. The event raised over $100,000 and the BW students were a big part of its success. BW students performed various manual labor activities for the older adults at the Ethos Senior Assistant Living. The group attended an educational seminar on HIV/AIDS at the Community Research Initiative of New England. Housing for the group was provided by University Lutheran Church.