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Many choose to minister and serve during D-Term

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For the third year during D-Term, students travel to Titanyen, Haiti, Dec. 1-12, to work with Mission of Hope, tackling work projects, serving in the medical clinic and reaching out to children in the organization’s orphanage, school and church. Assistant Director of Ministry and Service Whitney Roberts ’08 will lead nine students.

From Dec. 4-12, another 16 students head to Jonesville, Va., to work with Appalachia Service Project (ASP), a Christian volunteer organization that repairs homes for low-income families in rural central Appalachia. Anthony Ardolino, network and computer systems administrator, and Brandon Kurzweg, graduate assistant for student involvement, will serve alongside teams of students at different build sites to repair and add new structures to homes. A normal day starts with a common breakfast, followed by six to eight hours of work, which may include fixing leaky roofs or building disability-accessible porches. Volunteers often eat their boxed lunches with family members who live in the home. Evening activities vary, but typically include learning local history, attending an informal concert by a local bluegrass band, staging a talent show, or spending reflective time either alone or with other volunteers.

Photo: ASP trip in 2008