Scores of Columbus State Students Spending Spring Break as Volunteers

COLUMBUS, Ga.About 80 Columbus State University students have signed up to participate in community service projects March 3-7 as part of an Alternative Spring Break organized by CSU’s Center for Career Development.

Students are participating in these projects during the university’s Spring Break for a number of reasons, an organizer said. Many are part of campus programs and organizations that stress volunteerism, including CSU’s Servant Leadership Program.

“A lot of them just have generous and giving spirits,” said Anne Vogler Brown, coordinator of volunteer programs for CSU’s career center. “We’ve been pleased with the response.”

Up to 30 students will work from about 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with CSU providing bus transportation to and from the project sites, as well as arranging for lunch.

Projects planned for the week have the students working:

  • For Columbus Botanical Garden: Clearing underbrush, planting trees and other beautification efforts.
  • For Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity: Preparing a lot and foundation for framing of a future Habitat house.
  • For House of Heroes, an organization serving military veterans and others: Pressure washing, painting and yard work.
  • For CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center: Clearing underbrush, trail widening, painting and other beautification tasks.

Columbus State first organized an Alternative Spring Break in 2011, with about a dozen students volunteering with the local Habitat affiliate to build several houses, working with other college students from across the nation. This is the first year CSU has organized similar projects at multiple locations, also providing support to student volunteers.

Columbus State has emphasized to students in recent years the value of community service, particularly as a career-development tool. A Day of Service, involving faculty, staff and students, has become a staple of welcome-back events each fall. Since 2008, CSU has made the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In the latest honor roll report available, for 2012, students, faculty and staff documented 316,928 hours of volunteer work.

For more information on CSU’s Center for Career Development, including volunteer opportunities for students, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/volunteeer.

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