BENEFITING: New York Cares
EVENT DATE: Nov 27, 2013
We are Kevin, Boma, Esther, Tasnima, Yusuf, Ingrid, Jenny and Adi, students from the University at Buffalo who have been selected to participate in our schools alternative fall break program (Wednesday, November 27th - Sunday, December 1) to New York City. Thanks to the great diversity of our school, our team offers a unique mix of students from different backgrounds.
We will be working with the volunteer organization, New York Cares. New York Cares was founded in the 1980's by a group of people who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced New York City. New York Cares is now the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools. It has now been almost a year since Hurricane Sandy arrived in New York City and, while the storm has passed and the flood waters have receded, New York Cares continues to mobilize volunteers to meet the still-pressing needs of affected communities.
Alternative break programs engage students in experiential learning through community service and volunteerism during their fall (Thanksgiving), winter or spring break. The projects the students participate with address issues such as poverty, homelessness, hunger, literacy, HIV/AIDS, education and the environment. The objective of the Alternative Breaks program is to involve students in service projects to learn about the problems of a community they would typically not know about. The goal is for students to take the intensity of the program/experience and transfer the lessons learned to their own community upon their return. We hope students learn how they can become agents of change, make a difference in their community and lead a life of active citizenship. Our trip will be video documented and shared to this page following the trip.
We are excited and commited to our service but as students, we are finacially limited. Our goal is to raise at least $500 for our NYC trip. All proceeds from this campaign will go to directly towards travel, food, and lodging costs.