Students will begin their spring break with an urban plunge experience cleaning and sorting clothing at Union Gospel Mission and Salvation Army in Salem.
The group will then travel to Bend, where they will build a house with the Bend Habitat for Humanity (HFH) affiliate. The students will also work at ReStore, a HFH outlet, which sells recycled materials to the public.
Sophomore Jessica Wilson, president of Linfield?s HFH club, is excited to help create the dream of sufficient housing for an Oregon family. She also looks forward to the opportunity to help change someone?s life.
"Volunteering creates a ripple effect," said Wilson. "Most of those ripples will be life altering for the volunteer and the receiver."
The Collegiate Challenge is a year-round spring break program coordinated by HFH International. Every year more than 12,000 students from more than 700 colleges, universities and high schools work on more than 250 sites nationwide. These students have collectively pledged more than $1 million for the affiliates they are working with.
The Linfield alternative spring break program is meant to be a springboard for students to become lifelong community participants and give them an opportunity to interact with people who they normally would not know, according to Shelley Yonemura, volunteer services coordinator at Linfield.
"My hope is that students will understand the world from the lens of other people?s eyes and see the need," said Yonemura. "Whether it be in their own backyards or around the world, I hope they do something by becoming active citizens."
Students attending the trip include freshmen Erin Easton of Monument, Colo., and Ruth Cordell of Portland; sophomores Magen Marshall of Park City, Utah, Kelsey Lyle of Spring, Texas, Jessica Wilson of Colbert, Wash., and Rebecca Hill of Corvallis; juniors Robert Gaffney of Lincoln City, Tyler Gordon of Monmouth, Heather Williams of Redding, Calif., and Sarah Armstrong and Kirsten Taylor both of Seattle, Wash.
For more information on the trip contact, Yonemura at 503-883-2636.