NOVA Student Life hosted its Second Annual Alternative Spring Break service learning project resulting in 200+ hours of service. Over the span of three days, 14 NOVA students and three Student Life staff members provided service completing projects to include removing debris from a dams, trimming bushes outlining the farm, weed removal from greenhouses, leaf removal, bagging soil, removing plastic from mulch bags and partially framing a greenhouse. Volunteers also learned about the history of farming and current farm operations including farm raising tilapia.
This year’s event, in partnership with the Volunteers of Change (VFC) Alternative Spring Break (a program of Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. or SERCAP) was held at Dinwiddie Farms in Petersburg, Va. Dinwiddie Farms is a 600-acre farm with 280 acres of cultivated vegetable farmland, 28 acres of lakes and 281 acres of forest pine and hardwood.
The purpose of NOVA’s Alternative Spring Break is to initiate experiences that foster a cultural exchange and a deeper understanding of social issues through service-learning. NOVA Student Life aim to motivate students to become active, engaged citizens in their communities.
Students commented that they were the real beneficiaries of the experience. They regarded their short period of volunteerism as invaluable and life-changing. The volunteers made lasting contributions that have lasting effects on the community at large.
For more service learning and community services opportunities, contact your campus Student Life Office.