Students to Spend Spring Break with Orphaned Children, Homeless Families

Students working with North Park's Global Partner in Chile last year

CHICAGO, IL (March 8, 2007) — While most college co-eds bask on the beach this Spring Break, several benevolent bands of North Park students will be spending their holiday with orphaned children in Bolivia and homeless families outside New Orleans.

Appalachia, Chile and the impoverished Oaxaca region of Mexico will serve as the other unlikely "vacation" destinations for 80+ North Park University students, March 9-18:
Appalachia (3/10 – 3/17): Construction and landscape projects for a Christian summer camp. Also clearing brush, improving nature trails, interior and exterior paining, cleaning.
Bolivia (3/9 – 3/17): Working in a home for orphaned, abandoned children at risk.
Chile (3/9 – 3/18): Serving the needs of the camping ministry of local churches.
Mexico (3/10 – 3/17): Working in Oaxaca and Tiacolula, on construction of a conference facility, medical clinic and home for 90 orphaned children.
New Orleans (3/10 – 3/17): Building homes with Habitat for Humanity in St. Bernard Parish in the Upper Ninth Ward, in the heart of Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans.

North Park has a century-old tradition of helping others. The institution holds a deep commitment to its mission "to prepare students for lives of significance and service." And students at North Park volunteer at a rate that's higher than the national average. Even as early as the school's founding in 1891, the pastor of the Swedish Tabernacle in Minneapolis (where classes were first held) declared that North Park students would be well served by "a sympathetic heart" and not only a "big, bright head."

Global Partnerships is a program of University Ministries, focused on:
Education – We teach students about issues others in the world are facing and their responsibility as global citizens.
Relationships – When we know someone from the other side of the world, we read the news differently, think of justice differently and spend our money differently, all because we now have a personal connection.
Sustainability – We pursue projects and locations where we can continue visiting and where we are working together to meet needs.

Urban Outreach is North Park's long-standing student-led service program comprised of seven different issue-focused teams dedicated to providing meaningful service and volunteer opportunities for the University Community. After Hours, Disability & Elderly, Green, Homelessness & Hunger, Independent, International, and Youth & Child Teams partner with over 20 different social service agencies, schools, and churches to address community needs. Through Urban Outreach, students have an impact on their local community by tutoring at-risk youth, providing assistance to the elderly, and those with HIV/AIDS, feeding the hungry and homeless, working with refugees, and much more.