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In the news ...
CSUSB students take their volunteer service to the ‘last frontier’
San Bernardino, Calif. (8.26.14) -- A group of 16 Cal State San Bernardino students returned from a weeklong volunteer service trip to Alaska with renewed inspiration and commitment to serve in their own Inland Empire communities.
CSUSB’s Alternative Break Program provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in an intensive public service experience while increasing their understanding of significant social and environmental problems. Engaged in direct service related to these problems, students live and work in communities with which they otherwise would have little contact.
The program’s main goal is to expose and educate participants about the root causes of community issues, while also making an immediate difference in the excursion’s respective communities.
“Going on the service trip to Alaska was such an enriching experience,” said Janelle Doyle, a CSUSB second-year biology major and President’s Academic Excellence Scholar. “One second we’d be floating on our backs down a canyon river, the next we’d be putting up the walls on a house for a family who needed it.
“Then we’d be off to a museum, sea life center, or research facility to learn about Alaskan native heritage, and how hard Alaskans work to preserve culture and marine life,” said the San Bernardino resident. “There was never a single moment where I didn’t feel like I was gaining a new appreciation for something and how just a few hours of volunteer work can go a very long way,” Doyle said.
Bryant Fairly, associate director of CSUSB’s Office of Community Engagement said that the immersion experience could serve as a springboard for a lifelong commitment to social change. “We chose Alaska for the service trip because we wanted to remove students from their comfort zone and expose them to new environments and cultures,” said Fairley.
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CSUSB EOP Summer Bridge Service Project
Go 'Yotes! Here are our first group of EOP students that had gone to Mary's Mercy Center and Helping Hands Pantry on August 19, 2014. They were very excited to volunteer at the community.
Reflection day ...
What did we learn from our experience?
"We would volunteer again, because we've realize how blessed, priviledged and healthy we truly are."
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
"Yes, I [we] would volunteer again, because it made me [us] appreciate what I [we] have; I [we] enjoyed helping others."
"Yes, you make the less fortunate, furtunate. It benefits everyone. Meet new people and network." #ImpactCSUSB #BetheChange
"Yes, because if makes us feel good to give back to the community and help those who are not as priviledged as us. It is rewarding to yourself and to your community as well. It put into prespective the things we take for granted." #EngageMakeAChange
"Mary's Mercy Center was a great experience. Can't wait to do this again."
"I'm [we're] glad I [we] got the opportunity to serve my [our] community @MMC2014." #BetheChange #LifeChanging
"Yes of course because it was a eye opener. It also felt good to help others and feel appreciated about all the opportunity we have." #HelptheCommunity
We asked our group of students to share their memorable moments from their experience. Here are some of their reply:
"Packing different types of food and later seeing those in need with their small bags and holding them and carrying them with so much care. They really appreciated it. Many of those in need said thank you and gave a very small but humble smile."
"How everyone worked together and we saw the people that we helped happy."
"When everyone held their hands and prayed, and when everyone would thank us for the smallest things."
"A memorable moment from this project was seeing how grateful everyone was because we were there."
"Serving people and seeing a smile on their face."
"A memorable moment was that a man that I met and talked to was giving me advice about life. He then liked my personality and told me to continue to have a good heart and gave me a chocolate."
"Helping the people, cleaning the trays, working in the kitchen and mopping the floor and cleaning the table."
"Learning how to mop."
"Getting to know other people and their stories."
"We were all able to work together and we all got along and no one had nothing but a positive attitude."
Now that you had this experience, what advice would you give next years EOP Summer bridge students?
"Giving back to the community is a great way to start off your college years."
"I hope next year's EOP students appreciate what they have accomplished, and others around them. Future students should go on through life as a humble but confident person."
"To actually take advantage of this opportunity because it benefits you and others."
"I would tell them that they should most definitely volunteer because one little act can make a big impact on someone's life."
"To help out, participate, learn, and enjoy."
"To stay involved in the community."
"To help because it benefits everyone."
Our office spent a day giving back to our community by volunteering at Mary's Mercy Center on August 20, 2014. Thank you to our fellow 'Yotes at Recreation Sports Center, Alumni Affairs and Undergraduate Studies for joining us. Great job 'Yotes!