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Feb. 25, 2013

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 10, to Fri., March 15, 2013. The group will repair substandard housing for low-income families in eastern Kentucky.

"It is so rewarding to give to others, and when you give to others, you receive so much back," said Sandy Connell, advisor to the Newman Student Outreach group. "It’s great for these students to be able to go away for five days, away from technology, and experience the unknown. This trip makes a lasting impression on them."

Eleven students will participate in the WorkFest alternative spring break, which is organized through the interdenominational organization Christian Appalachian Project (CAP). This is the fifth 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.

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 received donations from religious and civic organizations and individuals. Ohio State Lima students receive three semester hours of course credit for participation in the trip and follow-up assignments.