Spring break is just around the corner, which means volunteer time for UT’s P.E.A.C.E.
This is the first year that the organization offered two service trips. The sites are Waveland, Miss. and Maryville, Tenn.
But the work done will not be the same at both sites.
In Waveland, the group will work with Dream Fuel Center to rebuild a home for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Hannah Duprey, Alternative Breaks Co-Coordinator, will be helping on the Waveland trip.
She went on the trip last year to New Orleans to help restore a house damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The group will be doing many projects such as rebuilding, flooring, decking and drywall.
Although Waveland is one hour away from New Orleans, it was still hit hard.
‘I think many people believe Hurricane Katrina did the most damage in New Orleans, and this trip will open everyone’s eyes to that myth.’
In Maryville, the group will collaborate with Cherokee Community to serve dinners, play with children, play games with seniors and do maintenance of surrounding areas.
For Katrina Vidal, Alternative Breaks Coordinator, this is her last spring break trip of service. ‘I’m excited but sad at the same time’hellip; I have been going on the trip each year since I was a freshman!’
With the addition of an extra trip, the future of Alternative Spring Break trips will see an evolving light.
‘We have more spots available for students to be a part of these trips, and we are extending to a broader crowd of interests,’ Vidal said.