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March 14, 2012

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Students to spend spring break volunteering in Appalachia

Students from the Newman Student Outreach organization at The Ohio State University at Lima and Rhodes State College will spend their spring break volunteering in Appalachia from Sun., March 18, to Fri., March 23, 2012. The group will repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families in eastern Kentucky.

"It is so rewarding to watch the students grow in their faith, their desire to reach out to others and to just get away from their busy lives," said Sandy Connell, advisor to the Newman Student Outreach group. "You see an amazing will to continue to serve others. At the end of the trip, the students open up about how much more rewarding it is to give than to receive."

Sixteen students will participate in the WorkFest alternative spring break, which is organized through the interdenominational organization Christian Appalachian Project (CAP). This is the fourth year the Newman Student Outreach group has volunteered through CAP.

CAP’s first WorkFest alternative spring break welcomed approximately 100 volunteers in 1992. Today, more than 400 students from 40 different colleges and universities from across the country volunteer with CAP, serving about 20 families each year. Nationally, nearly 72,000 students participated in alternative spring breaks in 2010, according to Break Away Alternative Break Connection, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and developing alternative breaks. The Ohio State University is a Break Away chapter school. CAP is not affiliated with Break Away.

Newman Student Outreach members participating in WorkFest volunteered in their communities and on campus during the past year to offset the cost of their alternative break. The organization also did fundraisers and received in-kind donations. Ohio State Lima students receive five credit hours of course credit for participation in the trip and follow-up assignments.

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