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Past Breaks

Winter Break 2017

Homelessness & Poverty  (Atlanta, GA)
This group teamed up with SafeHouse Outreach to serve the homeless population in various parts of Atlanta. They served meals, distributed sack lunches, organized donations, and got to personally know the people they were serving on a more individual level. 

Thanksgiving Break 2016

Community Development & Sustainability (Desab, Haiti)
This was the first trip with a new focus on alternative agriculture and composting. The group built raised garden beds in the school yard and provided education on how to compost, giving the community more ownership of keeping it going. Each trip after this one will be an extension/continuation of the trip before. 

Spring Break 2016

Community Development & Education (Desab, Haiti)
While teaching English in the village school, the team also met with community leaders to determine a new plan of action where our program's efforts would better serve them. 

Inner-city Education (New York, NY)
This trip worked with Junior Achievement to teach financial literacy to children within New York City's inner city schools. 

Thanksgiving Break 2015

Community Development & Education (Desab, Haiti)
As the first Thanksgiving Break trip, the team focused on teaching English in the school, teaching English to the adult community members and evaluating new opportunities for partnerships with the village. 

Fall Break 2015

Animal Rescue  (Harlan, KY)
This trip was focused on providing resources to dogs throughout the community that have been neglected. The team scouted neighborhoods for signs of animal cruelty, built proper dog houses out of completely recycled materials, and delivered the houses to various homes throughout the community. They also distributed hay for dog houses to provide better warmth during the harsh winter months. 
Homelessness & Poverty  (Atlanta, GA)
This group teamed up with SafeHouse Outreach to serve the homeless population in various parts of Atlanta. They served meals, distributed sack lunches, organized donations, and got to personally know the people they were serving on a more individual level. 

Spring Break 2015

Community Development & Education (Desab, Haiti)
This was the first of many trips to serve the rural mountain community of Desab. The team taught English in the local school and assisted in building an outdoor classroom. 

Disaster Relief & Recovery (New Orleans, LA)
This was the second trip in partnership with Common Ground Relief to serve those that were impacted by Hurrican Katrina, and to aid in steps that will prevent significant flooding in the future.

Homelessness & Poverty (Washington D.C.)
This team traveled by train to Washington D.C. to serve the homeless population through Youth Service Opportunities Project. 

Fall Break 2014

Hunger & Poverty (Jackson, Mississippi)
This trip partnered with Salvation Army of Jackson to assist with their Angel Tree program and thrift stores. The participants got to be part of the intake process for Angel Tree applications where they worked hands-on with community members in need. They also volunteered to organize food that would be distributed to people facing food insecurities in Jackson with the Mississippi Food Bank Alliance. 

Spring Break 2014

Disaster Relief & Recovery (New Orleans, LA)
This team partnered with Common Ground Relief who is created to provide hope to communities that were impacted by Hurrican Katrina by working with them, providing for their immediate needs and emphasizing on people working together to rebuild their lives in sustainable ways.

Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention (Atlanta, GA)
Participants worked with organizations such as Street Grace and Beloved Atlanta to gain a better understanding of human trafficking and how it can be prevented. They spent time with women who were trafficked that are now trying to get back on their feet and they packed food to distribute to children within the Atlanta area in an effort to eliminate a need that often can lead to trafficking situations. 

Fall Break 2013

At Risk Women and Children (Nashville, TN)
We sent 11 students and one staff member to work with Mending Hearts, Cross Point Dream Center, and The Next Door, in Nashville, Tennessee. This weekend long experience allowed the team to work with at risk women and children. Prior to the departure the team participated in team building and learning experiences tied to our community partners.

Spring Break 2013

Community Development (Costa Rica)
We sent 9 students and one staff member to work with Appleseed Expeditions. This week-long trip allowed the team to work hand-in-hand with the La Carpio and La Fortuna communities.  In La Carpio, participants focused on the construction of a classroom which is going to be used help educate the children in the town.  While in La Fortuna, they worked directly with the staff and children at a local orphanage.  Prior to the departure of the trip, the team held donation drives asking for coloring books, crayons, etc. to distribute amongst the children in Costa Rica. 

Rural Poverty (Stokes County and Winston-Salem, NC)
For the second time in two years, we sent 6 students and 1 staff to work with King Outreach Ministries, East Stokes Outreach Ministries, Trinity United Methodist Church and Second Harvest Food Bank in their missions to fight hunger.  Participants assisted with food bank orders, sorting donations, building a community garden, assisting with a community dinner and more. This trip was focused on the resources available for those in financial crisis and poverty stricken individuals in a rural area of North Carolina.

HIV/AIDS Education & Awareness (Nashville, TN)
We sent a team of 3 students and one staff member to focus on HIV/AIDS Awareness in a city that is only 2 hours away from UNA. During the trip, the participants were thoroughly educated about the issue of HIV/AIDS at multiple places including Vanderbilt’s Research & Vaccine Department and Nashville Cares. The group also traveled to smaller outreach agencies, such as First Response and Street Works, and volunteered in a focus group and performed maintenance. In addition, the participants volunteered in a call-a-thon at Street Works in an effort to gain support for the 7th AIDS Benefit Gala.

Fall Break 2012

Hunger & Homelessness in the Rocket City (Huntsville, Alabama)
We sent 10 students the weekend of October 12-14 to work with the Downtown Rescue Mission to paint and serve dinner to clients. We also had the wonderful opportunity to work with John Frasier (Hungry for Him Ministry) to help feed a beautiful group of people who live under the 565 bridge.

Spring Break 2012

Rural Poverty (Stokes County and Winston-Salem, NC)
We sent 7 students and 1 staff to work with King Outreach Ministries, East Stokes Outreach Ministries, Trinity United Methodist Church and Second Harvest Food Bank in their missions to fight hunger.  Participants assisted with food bank orders, sorting donations, building a community garden, assisting with a community dinner and more. This trip was focused on the resources available for those in financial crisis and poverty stricken individuals in a rural area of North Carolina. Participants also assisted in building bridges for trails at YMCA Camp Hanes in exchange for our housing during the trip.

English Literacy/Community Development/Orphan Outreach (Dominican Republic)
We sent 12 students and 3 staff to work with Outreach 360.  Through this experience, participants were immersed in a diverse culture while teaching English literacy in local grade schools. Participants impacted and changed children's lives at Hope of a Child Orphanage in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic.
 

Fall Break 2011

Tornado Recovery at Home (Harvest, AL)
We sent a group of 30 students and 2 staff members to assist with tornado recovery from April 27. We worked with North Alabama Presbytery and the Limestone County United Way with projects from rebuilding homes, to cutting wood from downed trees, sorting donations at the disaster center warehouse and painting. 


Spring Break 2011

Destination: King & Winston-Salem, NC
We worked with King Outreach Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank (Winston-Salem) and Camp Hanes. This trip was focused on the resources available for those in financial crisis and poverty stricken individuals.

Destination: Maryville, TN/Snow Bird Cherokee Community, NC
We worked with Once-Upon-A-Time in Appalachia whose mission focuses on the Cherokee Nation and rural Appalachia, and preserving the incredibly rich natural environment there.

Destination: Galveston, TX
We worked with One Mission: Galveston to assist victims of Hurricane Ike. Through this trip, volunteers not only provided much needed help, labor and support to the community, but also love, hope and encouragement.

Destination: Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
We worked with RE-MEMBER on home rehabilitation and renovation projects for the Lakota at Pine Ridge. This trip had a great deal of cultural immersion.


Fall Break 2010

Destination: Huntsville, AL
A group of students and one staff member worked with Lincoln Village Ministry in serving the working poor in the renovation of homes, developing school resources, painting the new community clinic, setting up a new library, etc.
Lincoln Village Ministry Logo

Destination: Birmingham, AL
A group of students and a staff member worked with the American Red Cross on educating inner-city populations on first aid, water safety and fire safety.

Destination: Chattanooga, TN
A group of students and one staff member worked with the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Botanical Garden with conservation efforts and restoring native plant life to the area.


Spring Break 2010

Destination: Fort Walton Beach, FL "Paw Pals"
A group of 7 students and 1 staff member worked with PAWS and RUFF in making renovations to the "no kill" shelters as well as assisting in caring for the animals at the shelters.

Destination: Chattanooga, TN "Operation Conservation"
A group of 11 students and 1 staff member worked with Riding Reflection Arboretum and Botanical Garden with conservation efforts and restoring native plant life to the area.


Fall Break 2009

During Fall Break 2009, sixteen UNA students made a big difference in the Shoals and Huntsville areas. Before leaving for the trip, the group participated in the "Project Night Night" program and collected 43 totes containing a stuffed animal, a book, and a blanket for the children at SafePlace of the Shoals. These students also went to Huntsville, AL to work with Lincoln Village Ministry, which provides affordable housing for the working poor, assistance with medical and legal bills, and improving the education of children in the area.