Project Spring Break

Students serve in Hurricane relief efforts

By Eunice Tibay
On March 22, 2018

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Students who particpated in Project Spring Break smile for a group photo after building a wheelchair ramp.

 A select group of students was able to help out Hurricane Harvey victims in Victoria, Texas, during Project Spring Break March 11-16.

In previous years, volunteers of PSB spent their spring break helping out those affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the group headed to bring disaster relief and reconstruction to places in Texas that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“We built wheelchair ramps for those in need,” Community Service Manager Kevin Reid, senior, said. “We painted houses and did community cleanup and a lot of that stuff.”

Reid also shared that one of the reasons why they chose to help out in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts this year was in part with the slogan “We Take Care of Our Own.”

“Since this hurricane hit home, we thought it would be a good idea to go home and just take care of the people there who need help right now,” Reid said.

One of the volunteers, Amanda Saenz, shared that one of the things she learned during her time at PSB was that people always need to care for each other regardless of origins.

“What I learned from this experience is we have a very caring community. We have a lot of students here who are willing to help each other,” Saenz, a graduate student, said. “We have students who are not from the state of Texas but from other countries who are willing to help us out.”

For Reid, being able to see strangers come together and bond over helping others was an iconic moment, and made it one of the best things that happened during his time volunteering.

“One word that I try to live my life by is passion,” Reid said. “Being passionate about other people, building relationships with those, being passionate about whatever it is that you want. And then for me, I’m passionate about helping people, and to be able to do that with people who also are passionate about the same things just made it a surreal moment.”

Meanwhile, Saenz took the opportunity of volunteering at PSB to change someone’s life.

“I joined Project Spring Break because I saw this as an opportunity to make a change in someone’s life within our school and in the state of Texas,” Saenz said. “Being able to do Project Spring Break allowed me to take students from ASU to another city in Texas and show them our state cares for one another.”

 

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