ASB 2017 Louisiana

The trip was everything and more that I had hoped for. The most impactful moment of the whole thing was hearing the stories of the people we were helping. The house that I helped dry wall on Tuesday and Wednesday belonged to Tara, who had grew up in the house. She told me every detail [more…]

Baton Rouge 3/21/17

We woke up around 6am this morning to eat breakfast and get ready to leave for the All Hands Base. All Hands is a disaster relief non-profit that helps communities that have been affected by natural disasters. They are currently helping in Detroit, Baton Rouge, Nepal, and many other locations. We had a brief introduction [more…]

Baton Rouge 3/20/17

After a long 16 hour trip, we arrived at Camp Istrouma outside of Baton Rouge. This was the first service day for us and we went to the Greater Baton Rouge food bank and the boys and girls club at a local school. At the food bank we were first given a tour of the [more…]

Thursday

Today my group went to a nature park and helped clean up a few trails. We trimmed a bunch of trees so that they were in the way, cut down a bunch of weeds growing on the path, and exterminated a lot of plants that were killing others. The tour guide/trail guy knew a lot [more…]

Wednesday

We met the owner of the house we have been working on today! It was so humbling. She started to tear up when she said goodbye and that’s when everything really hit me. She hasn’t lived in her house since August–hearing that broke my heart. Being able to meet her and hear her story made [more…]

Tuesday

Today was the first day we worked construction. The house my group went to needed a lot of insulation done, so we were covered in micro glass by the end of the day! The house got so hot that the windows were fogging up, even when they were open. But the daughter of the lady [more…]

Louisiana 3/20-23

For my second trip with Alternative Spring Break we took a long drive down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Last August this area suffered from a thousand year flood that claimed 13 lives and cost $15 billion in property damage. On our first day we arrived at the Greater Baton Rouge Good Bank, helping sort through [more…]

Spring Break in Louisana

Day 1:  We left at 5 am from campus.  I was surprisingly awake early and on time because well I did not go to sleep that night.  I ended up running to the bank, Walmart, and McDonald’s that morning before I got to the bus.  After driving for a bit we stopped in Springfield to [more…]

Baton Rouge-Day 3

All Hands Volunteer Day 1 Today we worked with an organization called All Hands Volunteer, we worked at homes that were effect from the flood. I woke up at 5am to shower and get ready for our first day, it was exciting and most of our cabin braided each other’s hair. We eat breakfast and [more…]

Baton Rouge-Day 2

Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Day Today was our first day in Louisiana and we were all tired and not morning people. Every day we had four people help set up for breakfast and dinner, than have at least 8 people help with cleaning up. Breakfast was at 6:30am and I woke up at 5:30, [more…]