Opportunities to Connect with Public Sector
Submitted on March 6, 2018
Spring break weeks are ahead for many college and university students across America. For Georgetown College undergraduates, the 2018 break begins after the last class on Friday, March 9 and continues until 8 a.m. on Monday, March 19.
While some may look at spring break as a time to party and perhaps enjoy sun and surf, others view the downtime as an opportunity to engage in a service-oriented learning experience by volunteering their time to benefit others. Giving back over spring break can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of a student’s life.
Such is the case for a number of Georgetown College students. This year, about 30 of them will travel to Orange Beach, AL where they will be hosted by Romar Beach Baptist Church and be working with the local Baptist missionary who will direct their service work. Projects are expected to include painting the local missions house, doing beach evangelism /water bottle giveaways, landscaping around the church building, and leading a worship service in the recreational vehicle area of a state park, among others.
“This is the fourth year in a row that we will be going to Romar Beach Baptist Church,” said Rev. Dr. Bryan Langlands, Director of GC’s Office of Faith and Service, who, along with Ms. Robbi Barber, Associate Director, is leading the outreach project. “Because of the relationships we have been building they have invited us this year for the first time to lead worship and preach for the Sunday morning service while we are there. We are looking forward to this new opportunity.”
GC’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Ms. Tiera Mason, will be leading a smaller group to Camden, NJ to serve for the week with Urban Promise, a Christian school in that city. The six students traveling to Camden will primarily be helping with Urban Promise’s after-school program.
The College has a long-standing working relationship with Urban Promise. Its director, Bruce Main, has been the featured speaker for the Christian Scholars Program retreat at Hilton Head Island, SC many times.
Closer to home, Dr. Roger Ward is leading a group of students in local area outreach. They will be visiting Greenhouse 17 in Lexington, a place where abused women are able to work and recover; Frankfort Baptist Health, a clinic that serves needy individuals in that area; and St. Francis De Sales in Cincinnati to learn about its network of food/clothing/pharmacy/clinic operations.
These Alternative Spring Break opportunities enable students to connect with public sector organizations and enhance their social impact knowledge and abilities while still enjoying a departure from the semester's routine.