Lynn University students opt to spend spring break helping those in need

Students signed up for alternative spring break

Published Feb. 12, 2014

Spring Break is known for having a wild reputation, but this year some Lynn students will be spending their vacation giving back to those in need. Ten Lynn students will be traveling to Tampa for “Alternative Spring Break” to work with Metropolitan Ministries, a homeless shelter, education center and food clothing warehouse.

This is the third year Lynn students have opted to spend their spring break helping the less fortunate. Alternative spring break programs happen at colleges and universities all across the country, and their increasing popularity is the reason Lynn chose to bring the program to campus. Becca Bender, who is the coordinator for student involvement at Lynn University, says it also gives students who may not want to spend money on an expensive spring break the opportunity to give back to those in need. Past trips have consisted of 8 to 10 students, and Bender says they have students who have returned for the trip the following year.

 “This is a great experience for students to step outside their comfort zone and gain some perspective on other populations,” says Bender. “We will be volunteering, reflecting and doing some educational components, and exploring the area. Students participate because they are passionate about service, gaining insight into the needs of others, and committing their vacation time to sometime more. “

The trip is scheduled to take place March 2-7, and will include a stop at Busch Gardens.  Previous locations include the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity and Give Kids the World in Orlando.