“Rent a Wildcat” allows community members to rent Linfield students who are part of the Alternative Spring Break 2009 teams to do odd jobs in return for a donation to the spring break program. Students can rake leaves, clean gutters, clean garages, weed or complete other household projects, as well as more creative tasks such as providing musical entertainment. The fundraiser is ongoing, so seasonal jobs such as Christmas caroling, Christmas tree disposal or spring cleaning will also be available.
Raffle tickets for a peace quilt can also be purchased to support the Alternative Spring Break program. “Piece to Peace,” donated by Eileen Dowty, interim director for learning support services, is a handcrafted quilt wall hanging featuring embroidered words and symbols for peace from over 75 languages and religious traditions. Tickets are $4 each or three for $10 and can be purchased in 124 Walker Hall, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The drawing will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, following the Holiday Hoop Jam basketball tournament in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield.
Alternative Spring Break is funded through donations and allows students to experience service through week-long opportunities in a variety of communities. This year, 38 Linfield students and five faculty and staff will travel to Guatemala, New Orleans and Portland. Their goal is to raise $52,000 with part of that money going toward the non-profit organizations they participate with including Habitat for Humanity International, St. Bernard Project and Sisters of the Road.
For more information, contact Lizzie Martinez, Alternative Spring Break student coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Wade, Linfield community service coordinator, at 503-883-2636 or email@example.com.