|Lebanon Valley College Students Spend Spring Break Volunteering at Jersey Shore
WGAL News 8 traveled to New Jersey to produce a story about our student volunteers. View the video by clicking here.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger wrote a story about LVC students and other college students giving up their spring break to help rebuild the shore community. Read that story by clicking here.
Chaplain Paul Fullmer has been sending video and photo updates daily throughout the trip. View the photos on the LVC Facebook page and watch the videos on our YouTube channel.
More than 30 Lebanon Valley College students are giving up their spring break to volunteer March 4-10 in New Jersey for community service. Students will help rebuild areas of the Jersey Shore affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, concentrating on Seaside Heights, one of the most devastated areas along the shore.
Students have prepared for the trip throughout the semester by attending “Down the Shore” discussions that provided educational insight about the Jersey Shore’s history, culture, and people.
“We expect to serve a total of 1,280 hours throughout the week,” said Paul Fullmer, chaplain and director of service and volunteerism.
The students will travel with Lend A Hand, a Camp Hill based non-profit service organization. Ten adult volunteers experienced in drywall, plumbing, electric, and painting, will join the students.
At least three LVC alumni will also join the students for a celebratory dinner on Wednesday evening.
The students attending the trip are excited and eager to help out those in need.
“There will always be people who are in worse condition than I am,” said junior business administration major Kirstin Lutz, “so I thrive on volunteering.”
Upon their return, the students will celebrate their trip with a campus awareness day. Students will share information about their experience and students, faculty, staff, and administration are encouraged to wear Shore-themed clothing. Shore-based food and games will also be provided in the dining hall.
“The students’ excitement is expressed in part through t-shirts, which have been designed, printed, and distributed. We will wear the shirts as we depart from the steps of Miller Chapel on Sunday at 3 p.m.,” Fullmer said.
The community is invited to the send-off and to wish the students well on their trip.
Students attending the trip include Marquis Bey ’14, Sasha Birosik ’14, William Bissett ’13, Sarah Black ’14, Sarah Boyles ’13, Erik Brandt ’13, Marcus Bradley ’15, Charelle Bryant ’13, Rosemary Bucher ’13, Renee Cass ’16, Nicole Dennis ’14, Cassondra Diaz ’13, Kara Echeandia ’13, Kelly Fahnestock ’13, Lyle German ’15, Stephanie Hostetter ’13, Jan Ikeda ’15, William Kensinger ’13, Kirstin Lutz ’14, Bethany Mary ’14, Michael Meck ’15, Alyse Morgan ’13, Samantha Oates ’13, Kelsey Pelton ’13, Betty Ross ’13, Ashley Smith ’15, Sarah Solomon ’13, Katie Ulrich ’14, Erin Van Buskirk ’15, Nicole Vasiliu ’15, Terri Zerbe ’16, and Kristen Zlogar ’13.