FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feb. 17, 2000
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
YPSILANTI&emdash; Sophomore Deanna Oberhausen, of Warren, could be traveling to some Spring Break hot spot to soak up the sun and party. Rather, she and 76 other Eastern Michigan University students will spend their week-long vacation helping others as part of the Alternative Spring Break Program.
The EMU student volunteers will leave campus from McKenny Union, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m., and travel to ten different sites around the country. Oberhausen's group will go to New York to work with a charitable organization called God's Love We Deliver, which delivers food to homebound HIV/AIDS patients. Oberhausen's group also will help out at Terrance Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in New York, where they will help refurbish the facility's cafeteria.
"I get satisfaction out of helping people," said Oberhausen, who participated last year as well. "By traveling and seeing the needs of the people in other parts of the country, you get a new perspective about the world around you."
EMU students have been participating in the Alternative Spring Break Program since 1992. The trips are organized through the national organization Break Away and sponsored through VISION (Volunteers Incorporating Service into Our Neighborhoods), an EMU Campus Life program that promotes student community service.
Other sites that will benefit from EMU student volunteer help are: Teach for America (New Orleans); William J. Fischer School (New Orleans); CCAR Services, Inc. (Florida); United Cerebral Palsy (Tennessee); Outfront (St. Paul, Minnesota); Blowing Rocks (Florida); Baldcypress Restoration Project (Baton Rouge); and Habitat for Humanity (Ft. Worth, Texas) .