UMA Students Contribute 408 Hours of Community Service in New Orleans over February Break

During their February break, 11 University of Maine at Augusta students chose to spend their vacation volunteering in New Orleans, Louisiana for UMA’s 5th Annual Alternative Spring Break Trip.

The group contributed a total of 408 hours of community service for Common Ground Relief, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, New Orleans Mission, and The Green Project. Their service included wetland restoration, serving dinner, cleaning, recycling, and playing bingo with residents.   This is the 5th year UMA students have volunteered in New Orleans during February break. 

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The students that attended this year were from both UMA’s Augusta and Bangor campuses. From the Bangor campus: Shannah Pond of Old Town, Laurie Murphy of Levant, Heaven Riendeau of Garland, Angela Bickford of Bangor and Nick Moeller of Old Town. From the Augusta campus: Chirs May of Oquossoc, Kassie Pratt of Augusta, Andre Vanpoelvoorde of Augusta, Jared Lussier of Lewiston, Ethan Jordan of Stillwater, Charles Tompson of Freeport and the trip adviser, Warren Newton, UMA’s Director of Student Life.

There will be a second Alternative Spring Break trip in Harrisburg, PA on March 31st.  Students will spend a week in Pennsylvania working with Habitat for Humanity building houses for the needy.  Spots are still available!  Contact Tristram Draper (207) 621-3173