Birds of a Feather: Students Flock South On Spring Break Service Trips
As members of HOAP - Haverford's Housing Outreach Action Program - the students are traveling to low-income communities around the country doing construction to revitalize housing and churches and community centers. This year 70 students are volunteering their time in communities through the South. Organized by junior Daniel Weiser, the students are doing good work in Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia and South Carolina.
* In Morehead, Kentucky, students are working for a non-profit organization that builds affordable housing for low-income families.
* In Hinton, West Virginia, the students are helping to construct a domestic violence shelter.
* In Summerton, South Carolina, the volunteers are rebuilding churches destroyed in last summer's rash of racially-motivated arson.
* And, in McKenzie, Alabama, the students are restoring the grounds of a "life enrichment" community center.
In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article on college spring break activities, higher education reporter James O'Neill talked to HOAP coordinator Dan Weiser about the trips.