Disaster Relief -- Galveston, Texas
We traveled to Galveston and worked with Community Collaborations to aid in the relief efforts to help those devastated by Hurricane Ike which was the third costliest in U.S. history. The students helped by cleaning or gutting out mud and mold infested houses. They also cleaned out a warehouse so that it could be used as a food pantry and picked up a beach that had been littered with debris left over from the hurricane.
Disaster Relief & Poverty -- Atlanta, Georgia
While our focus for this trip was initially to provide relief for those affected by the Great Atlanta Flood of 2009, we found ourselves doing a wide variety of projects that better helped people in need. One day we helped sort and package books that would be sent to Africa and another we played with children at a low income child care facility. We also picked up trash that littered the sidewalks and empty lots. We did do what we initially came there to do as we ripped out the mold infested drywall and sprayed mold treatment in the house of a family who had become sick from the mold.
Animal Issues -- Grassy Key, Florida
We worked with the Dolphin Research Center which helps to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals while educating the public about the lives of these mammals. The students helped them with a lot of the projects that are needed to for the facility to run on a day to day basis. This included picking up trash from out of the water and around the facility, taking seaweed from the lagoon for the facility to use, and other general needs the center had.
Animal Issues and Environment -- San Fancisco, California
The focus of this trip was to work with the Rescued Orphan Mammal Project to help injured and orphaned mammals return to the wild. Some of the projects we completed include building a cage for a bird sanctuary that will be used to house injured birds while they rehabilitate, and we cleaned up the yard where many rescued mammals were being housed as they rehabilitated so that they would have a better environment to live in. We also helped to clean up a park by weeding and making sure there was nothing poisonous that could hurt animals.
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