Community Service Center

Alternative Winter Break!

Travel Grant, Student Leader, & Faculty Participant applications are available below and have more information about these opportunities.

The trip is now full, but to see the full application packet, click here!

Going on the trip? Click here!

  • What is the purpose of this trip?
    To offer support and direct service to an area affected by a natural disaster, typically along the South/ South Eastern coastline where hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes are common.  This year we will be assisting with hurricane recovery relief in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • When is the trip?
    January 12-18 2014
  • How much will the trip cost? $700

    Trip Costs: This includes all ground & air transportation, housing, 3 meals a day once we reach our site, on-site service coordination, and tools/ safety equipment for all projects.  When you apply, we will be asking for you to pay the first $100 as a deposit on the trip.

    Personal/ "Pocket" expenses: this is to help cover those extra costs that are not already covered at the site. This could be meals away from the host site or while traveling, forgotten items, or anything "extra".

  • What will we do during the day?
    This varies by site. Sometimes we'll know in advance, and other times, we'll know once we get there. This depends on the needs of the community during our trip. Typical projects include hands-on labor with rehabilitation and reconstruction.
  • Where will we stay and eat?
    We will be hosted at our organization's volunteer housing, where we will eat most (if not all) of our meals. Other meals may come from local restaurants.  Expect to bring a sleeping bag or bedding and to sleep on bunks.
  • What will we do in the evenings?
    We ask participants to participate in group time on a nightly basis (approx. 1 hour).  Some nights are games or fun activities, others more reflective or educational. 
  • What if I cannot afford this trip, but want to attend?
    Karen and Melissa have several resources and ideas about how to fundraise (see FAQs). We also have a Fundraising Letter prepared for you to supplement any fundraising campaign you may do; just open, print and include in your packet. There are also travel grants to apply for (information below) and small group leadership positions on the trip (also information below).
  • Student Trip Leader Position

    A great opportunity to lead your peers on a service trip. Design and facilitate reflections and evening activities, serve as a communication point person on-site, and receive a trip cost reduction.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    2014 Student Trip Leader Application
  • Travel Grants

    There are travel grants provided to CLU students from the Community Leaders Association.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    2014 Travel Grant Application
  • Faculty Participant

    We welcome and encourage faculty members who are interested in being a part of this experiential learning process; especially those with experience to share.


    2014 Faculty Application

Contact Melissa Maxwell-Doherty at or Karen Schomaker at with questions.

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