On August 26, 2017 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston, Texas bringing with it record breaking rainfall and it became the costliest hurricane to ever hit the United States with an estimated $200 billion in damage. At its height, Harvey displaced more than 30,000 people in the Houston area and while rebuilding efforts have been ongoing, there is much work to do.
This program is an opportunity to give back and help Houston homeowners recover from the effects of Harvey. Participants will be spending their days working under the direction of Westcoast Connection and SBP and their AmeriCorps members in Houston on an active build site to directly help with the rebuilding efforts.
SBP is a national organization born out of the rebuilding process of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans with the goal of shrinking the time between disaster and recovery. Since 2006, SBP has directly rebuilt homes for more than 1,300 families with the help of more than 180,000 volunteers across the country. SBP has committed to supporting long-term recovery in Texas and has opened an office in Houston to conduct operations.
Washington, D.C. is not only the vibrant capital of the United States, but it’s also been the home of the American Red Cross National Headquarters since 1881. The Red Cross, through its network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there to help people affected by disasters, help communities stay safe, teach lifesaving skills and support the U.S. Armed Forces at home and around the world.
During your stay in Washington, D.C., you will discover meaningful ways to make an impact with the largest humanitarian organization in the world. Make a difference by helping keep communities safe from home fire, injury and death, as well as assisting homeless veterans. You will also learn new skills to help those in need as you become CPR/First Aid/AED certified.
Aloha! Hawaii is a paradise to visit. However, like many tropical islands, booming tourism threatens the fragile environment. Additionally, the economic benefits fall unevenly and there are many working poor. You will have the opportunity to make a difference by running a day camp and helping to preserve the environment. Beautiful weather, beaches, and scenery along with some radical surf are just a huge bonus. By the time of your final banquet dinner, you will be a close-knit ohana and wishing you could prolong your stay to help even more.
As part of the Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles program, Community Service is available as either a full-day track option or an afternoon course, along with your choice of a morning course. Work with incredible organizations and truly make a difference while enjoying a little sunshine and staying at a UCLA residence with their world-class recreation facilities. Study breaks include exciting excursions around L.A.