During their spring break, MCSP students participated in an Alternative Spring Break experience, where they headed to New York City to volunteer for the week. The students worked with God's Love We Deliver, a non-profit who makes and delivers meals free of charge to people with auotimmune diseases, such as HIV/AIDS or cancer. These MCSP students got to work in the kitchen to help make food, deliver meals, and talk with the nutritionists. They learned what it takes to run a nonprofit as large as God's Love (who delivers 6,000 meals daily) and how food can help with illness. Since returning to campus, the ASB participants have reflected deeply with each other about their experience, and with the greater MCSP and campus community about their new knowledge and skills. MCSP continues to foster experiential learning opportunities like ASB to help students connect service learning and social justice.
While the group was busy volunteering at the nonprofit during the day, the students did have some free time to explore the city and do some sightseeing in the Big Apple. Students visited Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the High Line, and even caught a Broadway musical. They learned more about the role of nonprofits and social service agencies in an urban metropolis. They formed meaningful connections with each other and the community leaders that they partnered with on the trip.
MCSP thanks and congratulates Lindsay Lore and Julia Snider for spearheading this wonderful opportunity and serving as site leaders. Additional thanks to Clayton Alaga, Amani Echols, Jack Geiger, Luke Higgins, Katelyn Meyer, Gabi Pascual, Emma Phillipson, Nyah Pierson, Kevin Sweitzer, and Cristal Valle for their participation and dedication to community service. Everyone involved made this ASB trip a success--here's to another great trip in 2018!
Check out some photos furnished by the group of their travels in New York below!