HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 25, 2012 – Maggie Sturdevant, senior and sociology major at High Point University, opted for a different kind of fall break when she decided to go to Slidell, La. on a mission trip.
Sturdevant traveled to Louisiana with her home church in Geneva, Ill., to work with Habitat for Humanity, helping with hurricane cleanup, and Loaves and Fishes Ministry, feeding the homeless. She also helped deliver emergency relief kits to the community.
As president of Alpha Phi Omega, a service-based fraternity, and president of the Volunteer Center, volunteering is a passion of Sturdevant’s and this is her second time going on an alternative fall break trip.
“This trip has given me even more appreciation for my home away from home here at HPU, and has allowed me to be a better leader when it comes to volunteer work,” says Sturdevant. “It is always good to reignite my passion for volunteering and that is what my work in Slidell did.”
Sturdevant was one of more than 20 students that participated in an alternative fall break. Two groups traveled to Alabama, helping with hurricane relief, and Guatemala, building stoves.
Other projects in past years have included flood recovery in Iowa, Atlanta and Nashville; hurricane response in Texas; a food gleaning project in Orlando; a safe-housing project in Florida; and hurricane relief in Mississippi.