For the 16th consecutive year, Olivet College students will spend their spring break serving others at Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Ark. Heifer International is a world hunger relief agency that believes in long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty and hunger. For 70 years, Heifer has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.
Students will depart campus Saturday, March 8 and return Saturday, March 15. They will spend half of the day in service to the ranch, doing farm chores and light construction. The other half of each day will be spent in team building exercises, and education about world hunger and Heifer’s unique solution to the problem. Students will also spend one day and night at the ranch’s Global Village, where they will share a small meal and sleep on the floor of a home that simulates living conditions in the developing world. The trip is organized by Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries at Olivet, and Ian Peters, community service coordinator.
Students participating in this service trip include: Lauren Easton, a sophomore from Jackson; Megan Hackney, a freshman from Eaton Rapids; Carrie Jacob, a senior from Albion; Jason Kibiloski, a sophomore from Eaton Rapids; Courtney Kidder, a senior from Davison; Joshua Mauk, a senior from Battle Creek; Brandon McShane, a junior from Southgate; Krista Mills, a freshman from Grand Rapids; Adrian Newell-Sturgill, a sophomore from Southgate; Haley Preston, a senior from Battle Creek; Lynette Ralicki, a senior from Battle Creek; Courtney Reed, a sophomore from Battle Creek; Geoffrey Scripter, a senior from Concord; Kattie Stahl, a senior from Lake Odessa; Jacob Stehley, a sophomore from Ada; and Emily Tierney, a junior from Marshall.
A second Alternative Spring Break trip is planned for Bread of Life Mission in Plant City, Fla., which serves low-income families and migrant farm workers in the area. The mission has served thousands of families by focusing on education and training as a means of improving impoverished lifestyles.
Students participating in this service trip include: Genie Gagnon, a senior from Vermontville; Adam Greathouse, a sophomore from Eaton Rapids; Maya Hairston-Moore, a senior from Lansing; Megan Smith, a junior from Lansing; Christopher Staab, a senior from Marshall; Sarah Thibideau, a sophomore from West Bloomfield; and Jourdyn Thompson, a sophomore from Lansing.
For more information about these Alternative Spring Break trips or any of the college’s service projects, contact Fales at 269.749.7624 or 517.231.6818; or Peters at 269.749.7127.