CSUSM Alternative Spring Break Combines Service, Learning


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

15 students and three staff members from Cal State University San Marcos will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, LA the week of their spring break, March 29 through April 4.  The youth volunteers are participants of Collegiate Challenge, Habitat for Humanity's year round alternative break program.

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat's work.  During the week of March 29, 2010, the CSUSM students will help a family in need of a simple, decent and affordable home. 

"I am excited about the opportunity to spend my spring break making a difference to help a family achieve homeownership," said CSUSM Collegiate Challenge participant Cole Tran.  "This will truly be a memorable spring break."   "Students have a number of options to consider for their school breaks, and we are so grateful for their interest in volunteering their time with Habitat," said Desiree Adaway, Habitat for Humanity senior director of volunteer mobilization.  "Their efforts will help provide homes for so many families in communities across the country."

Along with working with Habitat for Humanity, the Alternative Spring Break group will be exploring the city of New Orleans.  During the group's free time some of the activities they will attend are a New Orleans Hornets NBA game, take part in a Dinner/Jazz cruise on the Mississippi River and tour areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

About Alternative Spring Break CSUSM

Associated Students Inc. at Cal State San Marcos has organized Alternative Spring Break trips for the past six years, this year will be the seventh annual trip.  Students apply in the fall semester and the group that is chosen is prepared prior to spring break, learning about the area they will be visiting and working with Habitat for Humanity.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit http://www.habitat.org/.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.