Community Service Center

Alternative Winter Break!

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The application deadline has passed, but click here to see the general Student Participant application.

Further information regarding faculty participation, travel grants and Student Trip Leader positions can be found below.

  • What is the purpose of this trip?
    To offer support and direct service to an area affected by a disaster, typically along the South/ South Eastern coastline where hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes are common.  This year we returned to Biloxi, Mississippi to participate in gulf coast restoration projects.
  • When is the trip?
    January 11-17 2015
  • How much will the trip cost? $625

    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 trip included various gulf coast resotation projects, including but not limited to: native plant propagation, invasive species removal, shoreline restoration, and sea grass and shoreline resoration. This trip also included some community service projects dealing with poverty, homelessness, etc.
  • Where will we stay and eat?
    We were hosted at our organization's volunteer housing, where we ate most of our meals. Other meals came from local restaurants.
  • What will we do in the evenings?
    We asked participants to participate in group time on a nightly basis (approx. 1 hour).  Some nights were 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 Student Trip Leader 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.

    The STL application is now included in the general Student Participant application.
  • Travel Grants

    There are travel grants provided to CLU students from the Community Leaders Association. If you would like to attend this trip but our worried about cost, please apply!

    Late applications will not be considered.

    The travel grant application is now included in the general Student Participant 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.

    Faculty applications will now be due before student applications in order to involve the faculty member in the student selection process and further integrate him or her into the leadership team.

    The faculty application deadline has passed.

    2015 Faculty Application

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