CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, March 13, 2015 – Instead of spending their Spring Break March 16-20 on a warm, sandy beach, students involved with Catholic Campus Ministry and Ignite at Southeast Missouri State University will each partner with a non-profit to give back to underserved communities.
Students involved in Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) will team up with Catholic Campus Ministry of Missouri State University to serve the LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home located in Springfield, Missouri. The home is a program affiliated with the Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri and serves 20 pregnant women and their children, teaching them how to become self-sufficient providers for their families and how to find permanent housing.
“Many college students tend to go to Florida and party for Spring Break, but we wanted to offer something more; something so that the students can give back and help the world,” said Junior Jean Duckworth of Edwardsville, Ill. and president of Catholic Campus Ministry. “These trips teach students about community and coming together for a good cause. Students can come back after these Spring Break trips with leadership skills, service skills and a better feel about themselves. They learn the importance of service, which upon their return, leads them to more service, especially in the Southeast community.”
Volunteering during Spring Break is nothing new for CCM. Students in the organization have the opportunity to spend each of their spring breaks serving a different community in need. Last year, the organization traveled to Haiti and served children who lived in an orphanage. In 2013, students spent time in Detroit, where they volunteered in schools and established an intercity community garden.
Students involved in Ignite will volunteer with Service over Self (SOS) in Memphis, Tennessee. While there, they will provide home repair and participate in home renovation projects for families in need during the day as well as partake in worship activities in the evening.
“Ignite doesn’t seek to get a lot out of its mission trips, but rather to give a lot through the mission trips. We hope to give our individual time, energy and love to people all over the world through service,” said Junior Natalie Estes of Wappapello, Missouri, and Ignite Community intern. “Ignite also hopes to give impactful experiences to college students. Service to others creates positive, formative experiences for all individuals involved, and that’s why Ignite loves offering mission trips.”
This is the first time Ignite students will have the opportunity to participate in mission trips over Spring Break. Previously, Ignite students have volunteered in places such as North Carolina, Peru, Ukraine, Mexico, Guatemala and Russia during the summer.