HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 24, 2012 – An elderly woman and her family whose home was damaged by tornadoes in April 2011 have a renovated house now thanks to High Point University students who volunteered their time during fall break.
Ten students, two faculty members and four members of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church traveled to Holt, Ala. Oct. 15-20. The group completed several projects including adding new paint and rebuilding walls, completing floor repairs, landscape cleanup, window replacements and adding two wheelchair ramps. The trip was part of HPU’s Alternative Fall Break Program.
Students were able to see that aid is needed in the U.S., not just abroad, and an impact can be made without traveling far from home.
“This trip was different than any other project I have worked on in that we were able to see many tasks started and completed instead of just helping with something for a day, volunteering for a couple hours and not seeing through the final project,” says Erin Karpovich, sophomore and human relations major. “The accomplishments we saw were such a reward, just as much so as the company we were in and the thankfulness we received.”
The Alabama Alternative Fall Break was one of two trips taken during the HPU fall break. Another trip was taken to Guatemala. The two trips mark the eighth year in partnership between HPU and Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, and the 17th and 18th alternative break trips made together since the fall of 2005. A third trip, taken by senior Maggie Sturdevant, was taken to Louisiana.
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; hurricane relief in Mississippi; and similar Alabama and Guatemala trips taken last year.