Join us for the AWOL Spooktacular Pancake Feed Thursday October 27th at the Vermillion Armory. You can purchase the $5 tickets from any AWOL winter break participant or during tabling. Please come and support an amazing group of people and enjoy pancakes!
The MEDLIFE Director application is now open!!
We are looking for a hardworking individual who is dedicated to service-learning. The MEDLIFE Director is responsible for planning and leading the yearly MEDLIFE alternative break trip in May of 2017. This individual needs to be available for mandatory meetings and trainings and be involved with fundraising and public relations surrounding the trip. If you have any questions, please email the AWOL board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is application link: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=174014
A group of AWOL participants spent Saturday working with Food Net. Food Net is a local non-profit group that has been in Lincoln for 31 years serving the community perishable foods (breads, fresh bakery items, produce, dairy) collected from grocery stores and restaurants in the community. Food Net serves at 18 locations 7 days a week.
Site leader Ashley Meiners reflects, “It was awesome to see so many people take a little time out of their game day to support others. We worked at two locations and both were entirely different experiences, which was majorly impacted by the neighborhood that the churches were in. To end the day, we unloaded twelve 7 foot tall pallets of donations at Center for People in Need. The donations will be free to people and to whoever needs them. It was a humbling experience to see the grateful people accepting the generosity of others.”
AWOL participated in the 9/11 laps for lives event at the Vermillion, SD high school. Laps For Lives served as a remembrance for the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001. Participants in the event walked a combined 2,977 laps. AWOL participants then traveled to Heikes Family Farm. We harvested apples and pears and cleaned up produce that had fallen. Produce that was not deemed good enough to eat was sent to another local farm and will feed pigs there. It was a lot of fun and great to work with our local community partner!
Yesterday the site leaders for this year’s winter and spring break trips and some of the AWOL board members went out to Heikes Farm to do some service! We pulled weeds, picked a variety of fruits and vegetables, and learned about our local family farm.
Site leader Hunter Burns (leading the winter break Chicago trip) reflects, “Helping at Heikes Family Farms with my fellow AWOLers was a truly rewarding experience. It’s awesome to be able to impact the community and to know that the work you did will benefit many individuals and families.”
Site leader Kennidy Asche shares, “It was such a privilege to go out and work at Heikes Farms today with the rest of the AWOL leaders. We had the opportunity to enrich ourselves in the work and mission of their program which involves providing fresh organic produce to the surrounding community. Their impact on Vermillion alone is significant and spreading all the time as their education endeavors continue to grow. While many would not find pulling weeds or collecting vegetables a glamorous affair, it embodies the purpose of AWOL. We aspire to provide students with experiences that support the fostering of relationships, an education on some kind of social issue, and the ability to partake in active citizenship. It is not so much about the type of service you do, but rather about being part of something bigger than yourself.”
Remember that applications are open for Alternative Breaks until Sept 21!
Click here to apply!!!
Our week-long winter and spring break trip applications are open!! This year we have 7 winter break trips and 3 spring break trips. This is an excellent way to help out a community while focusing on a social issue!!
Click here to apply!
AWOL is excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Serve and Learn from Tuesday, August 16th through Friday, August 19th for incoming Freshman interested in service-learning! This is a great opportunity to learn about Vermillion, move in early, and meet other incoming Freshman along with current AWOL members. The cost is only $50 for four fun-filled days of service learning and engaging with the Vermillion community. If you are interested, please look over and fill out the application below. Spots are limited!
Please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!
Our April alternative weekend is quickly approaching! This April, we will be providing service to the Omaha community by working with the Heartland Family Service. Join us Friday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 23rd as we build a community garden with individuals from the Youth Links Facility and Intergenerational Campus. Transportation, meals, snacks, and housing will be provided! We will be leaving Vermillion Friday afternoon, and returning Saturday evening. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! To sign up, click here!
For more information on Heartland Family Service, feel free to visit their website at http://heartlandfamilyservice.org/