· Access to Education (Spring 2012)
· Arc of Baltimore (Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012)
It is the ARC of Baltimore’s mission to ensure that people with developmental disabilities have maximum opportunities to actively participate in all aspects of community life and to offer programs and services that support them in doing so.
· Camp Baker (Winter 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
Camp Baker is a service of The Greater Richmond Arc, which provides services to individuals with development disabilities. Camp Baker is a retreat facility for children from age 6 to adults. The camp provides various programs that are designed to help decrease stress of caregivers. Students will be doing activities with adults in the day support program as well as with kids in the after school program in addition to decorating the camp for the holidays.
· Camp Heartland (Winter 2011, Spring 2012)
Camp Heartland is an outdoor camp providing fun and exciting camp experience to children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This Minnesota camp offers a warm community encouraging personal growth and social development. Volunteers assist camp employees as they interact with children and plan activities.
· Camp Misericordia (Spring 2012)
Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.??Through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs, Misericordia currently serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Twenty percent of our residents either come from poverty families or have no families and are wards of the State.
· Cherokee Nation (Spring 2004)
An early Head Start program is that provides educational services to 11 counties of the Cherokee Nation. The sovereign nation is the second largest Native American tribe in the US. Students helped prepare educational materials and books for participating children.
· Civil Rights Tour (Spring 2005)
· Food and Friends (Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
This organization prepares packages and delivers meals an groceries to nearly 1,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses such as breast, lung, and colon cancer. Students will prepare and deliver food throughout the Washington D.C. area and often through counties in Maryland and Virginia.
Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1,800 meals to 60 clients. Over the past two decades, we have moved from the cramped church basement to our own state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry facility and initiated new programs to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan community.
Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington, DC, area providing specialized, nutritious meals, groceries, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends' staff of professional chefs and community dietitians design meals that meet the special dietary needs of persons living with a broad range of illnesses. Our confidential services are free of charge to individuals and their families and caregivers living throughout Washington, DC, 7 counties of Maryland and 7 counties and 6 independent cities of Virginia. The service area encompasses approximately 5,300 square miles.
At a rate of six-days-a-week, 52-weeks-a-year, Food & Friends feeds our clients. We deliver each day, Monday-Saturday, including holidays. Since our inception, Food & Friends has provided more than 12.5 million meals to more than 19,850 individuals. In 2010, Food & Friends served more than 975,150 meals to more than 2,759 individuals.
Students will be packing and delivering meals to clients around Washington, D.C. from 9am-12pm and then serving with various other organizations around D.C.
· Furkids (Spring 2012)
Calling all cat lovers! Furkids focuses around working with rescued cats. They provide a cage-free, no-kill shelter for their rescued animals where they can experience the best care in a loving environment until they are adopted. They find permanent, loving, homes for all our rescued animals and inform the public about pet overpopulation, promote sterilization, and provide information for low-cost high-quality spay/neuter services. The jobs and tasks range from cleaning, feeding, and playing with the cats.
· Gay Men’s Health Crisis (Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2012)
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.
Our Mission: GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
· God’s Love We Deliver (Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2012)
The mission of God's Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. Volunteers prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. God’s Love also provides illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients, families, care providers and other service organizations. All of services are provided free of charge without regard to income.
· Greater Boston Food Bank (Spring 2004, Winter 2011)
Volunteers will inspect, sort and repack donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies. All volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Volunteers work together as a team on an assembly line, and may be working alongside other groups. Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, other volunteers inspect products, others sort products, and others check and label boxes. A few of these assignments require the ability to lift a box of about 30 pounds, but the majority of positions simply require that a volunteer can stand and inspect products for a few hours.
· Guadalupe Center (Spring 2012)
This trip is designed for those who wish to immerse themselves into the culture of Immokalee. In a community where 40 percent of the people live below the poverty level, the Guadalupe Center is dedicated to serving the disadvantaged poor of Immokalee. Your group will be working with the children of migrant workers in the Early Childhood Programs at the Guadalupe Center. The center has been running for more than 25 years and it also includes a soup kitchen, clothing center, and a shower center for those in need. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is an organization that focuses their efforts on bettering the lives of migrant workers in the area. Your group will meet with the Coalition to learn more about the issues migrants face, as well as taking a tour of Immokalee and experiencing a day in the fields of migrant workers. This will better educate you on what families go through on a day to day basis and give you a better understanding of those you will be serving. Dinners will be provided at the shelter.
· Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity builds energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthy housing for amilys in poverty in an effort to help the 100 million homeless people in America. Providing houses to families impacted by natural disasters, fire, and civil unrest, Habitat for Humanity, with the help of volunteers and homeowners, has built over 500,000 houses sheltering 2.5 million people worldwide.
· Harvest Farm (Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012)
Harvest Farm is a outreach program for men to help them “break the cycles of addiction, poverty and homelessness”. Seventy-two men have the opportunity to reside and participate at Harvest Farm’s program provides clients “the skills to become confident, self-sufficient members of society through academics, spiritual development, emotional counseling, and world therapy”. Volunteers help serve and prepare meals, prepare projects and special events, and interact with the clientele.
· Liberty Hall Livestock Rescue & Farm (Spring 2013)
Liberty Hall, a 501(c)non-profit is an historic working farm and barn c. 1800's providing a safe haven sanctuary to farm animals including sheep, goats, chickens, emu, llama, alpaca, miniature horses, ducks and more. The farm produces organic vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey and natural fibers. The proceeds from the sale of these goods support the farm animal sanctuary and vegetables are donated to area food banks. Together we can make a difference in our food choices providing chemical free foods to the community and a cruelty free safe haven farm animal sanctuary.
· Lutheran Services of Georgia (Spring 2012)
Lutheran Services of Georgia provides various services including adoption, foster care, and family support services to refugees, victims of natural disaster, and the disabled. The various programs allow volunteers to help with disaster response, participate in special events, babysitting children whose parents are receiving foster care and adoption training sessions, and helping refugee families move into new homes.
· Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club (Spring 2005)
The organization provides structured recreational activities to neighborhood youth promoting respect, restraint, and responsibility. This organization provides services to over 40,000 youth in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
· Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park (Spring 2012)
This State park 13 thousand acre park in Tennesee provides a variety of outdoor activities to its visitors and campers. Volunteers help a variety of projects including group nature programs, wildlife rehabilitation, trail maintenance, and nature displays.
· Nature Conservancy (Spring 2012)
· North Texas Food Bank (Spring 2012)
The North Texas Food Bank provides nutritious meals to thousands of families across the region. Volunteering at the distribution center, participants help with the food pantries, after school programs, senior meal programs, shelters, soup kitchens and other facilities. This organization has served over 47 million healthy meals and continues its mission to feed the Dallas area.
· Old Friends Equine (Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
Old Friends Equine is a retirement home to Thoroughbreds who have finished their racing and breeding career. This organization prevents the harm and abuse of these retired animals in a horse friendly Georgetown, KY. Volunteers help maintain the quality of life of these older horses by assisting with care and maintenance of the facilities.
· Once Upon a Time (Summer 2012)
Volunteers will be working to assist both the Cherokee people and the environment while challenging themselves mentally and physically. This amazing trip will give volunteers an inside perspective on Native Americans and is set between the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee. Come join Ed and Arlene and see what it feels like to be a part of their family; this trip you will not forget!
· One World Running (Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
This Denver, CO based organizations collects and prepares lightly worn shoes to distribute thousands of shoes to low-income families across the world. Volunteers collect, clean, and package the shoes in the Denver warehouse and distribute shoes and participate in promotional events in Belize.
· OPPC and Downtown Women’s Shelter (Spring 2012)
Ocean Park Community Center is a Santa Monica, CA based network of programs preventing and combating homelessness, poverty, and addition in the region. Through a variety of programs throughout the city, the OPCC battles most all front of homelessness in the area serving as the model for many American cities homelessness programs. Volunteers may participate in a few of several programs such as the Access Center, Daybreak, K9 Connection, Swash lock, and Turning Point. Each program has a specific focus with a variety of duties to fight for the cause of getting families and individuals off the streets and into safe, affordable homes.
· Operation Breakthrough (Winter 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
Operation Breakthrough is a community center in the heart of Kansas City that serves children 8 months to 18 years old and their parents. Through education and programs like daycare, a food pantry, dress for success and music therapy, the center works relentlessly to improve the lives of local families, many of whom live beneath the poverty level. Volunteers work primarily with children and teachers in the classroom in the morning, while helping maintain the center in the afternoon while the students nap. Please be prepared that as part of this trip you are required to have a tetanus shot and a doctor signature stating you are healthy. These are both required to work with children in the afterschool program.
· Pinellas County Sea Grant (Winter 2011)
Students will learn in the classroom and in the outdoors about coastal and marine ecosystems of Florida, responsible environmental stewardship, and hands on Fishing Skills. In turn, students will help with environmental restoration projects and community outreach. This year we are adding a brand new component- OSU students will help to teach a fishing clinic to local underprivileged children!
· Project Lazarus (Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2012)
Project Lazarus was founded out of compassion and service to all people. Project Lazarus provides services to people with AIDS who can no longer live independently, or whose family can no longer take care of them. The primary purpose of Project Lazarus is to provide continuity of care in a homelike environment and to enhance the quality of life of those it serves. Volunteers will be working closely with the residents of Project Lazarus to create a fun filled week of activities.
· Refugee Family Services (Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
Refugee Family Services promotes networking and community building among international refugee farmers living in Atlanta, Georgia. Supporting over 250 families with farming jobs and training, this organization helps them achieve financial independence though access to various resources and aid. Volunteers work directly with refugee children new to the country and facilitate fun activities like painting, games, and educational programs.
· Steel Yard (Spring 2012)
This Providence, RI organization promotes art and small business among the young adult community through industrial arts projects and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Encouraging professional and artistic creativity among Providence youth, The Steel Yard serves “to cultivate and an environment of experimentation and community strengthened by creative networks.” Volunteers can help with a few of several projects including event preparation, language translation, data entry, distributing information, event photography, assisting a course, and general upkeep.
· Umstead State Park (Spring 2005)
Umstead Park is a 5,439 acre park that has been exhausted and eroded by farming and industry. Conservation efforts restoring this park provide a variety of services. Student will work park grounds, lead educational workshops, and hosting a campground.
· Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (Winter 2011)
· Vital Bridges (Spring 2012)
Vital Bridges is a Chicago based organization that provides food and nutrition services to families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers can deliver food boxes and meals to the metro area community as well various other opportunities meeting with clients and distributing nutrition information.
· Youth Service Opportunities Project (Spring 2003)
This NYC based organization is an intense immersion program of Workcamps helps student volunteers to understand service and homelessness. During Workcamps, students, in small service teams, volunteer at different sites around the city.
· Mississippi Gulf Coast (Winter 2008, Winter 2012)
· Naples, Florida (Summer 2008, Spring 2009)
· Sea Island, SC (Winter 2007, Winter 2008, Winter 2009, Winter 2010, Winter 2011, Winter
· East St. Tammany, LA (Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Summer 2006, Winter 2006, Spring 2007,
Summer 2007, Winter 2007, Spring 2009)
· East Cooper/Mt. Pleasant, SC (Spring 2005, Winter 2010)
· Portland, ME
· West Palm Beach
· Bay St. Louis (Spring 2012)
· Pensacola, FL (Winter 2012)
· Birmingham, AL (Winter 2012)
· Miami, FL (Spring 2012)
· Greensboro, NC (Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
· Horry County, SC (Spring 2012)
· Marion County, SC (Spring 2012)
· Sussex County, DE (Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
· Biloxi, MS (Winter 2011)
· Flint River- Alabany, GA (Spring 2004)
· Jacksonville, FL (Spring 2005)
· Slidell, LA (Spring 2005)