During Fall Break, you can spend your time learning about a new part of the country or the City of Dayton, meeting new people, sharing about yourself and helping others. Fall BreakOuts are a great way to get off campus for a short time and do something that can truly enhance your college experience and your life.
Registration for Fall BreakOut 2012 is now closed.
The cost of the trip covers transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact Mary Niebler for scholarship requests).
If you would like more information about any of the trips below, contact Mary Niebler at 937-229-2012 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org. For the REAL Dayton, please contact Kelly Bohrer at 937-229-2516 or email@example.com.
The Romero Center Urban Challenge
This BreakOut is through The Romero Center’s Urban Challenge in Camden, NJ. Participants are asked to confront issues which divide us – poverty, race, class – in a prayerful and constructive environment. Volunteer service in the city is combined with work, study and prayer. During the day, the group works at a variety of sites: in schools, with hot meals programs, at a drop-in center for persons infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, at housing construction, with the South Jersey Food Bank and with several other agencies in Camden and the Philadelphia area. In the evening, there will be discussion on urban poverty, social and economic justice and reflection on our call, as disciples, to embrace a "preferential option for the poor." The group also tours the city and listens to people from the community tell their stories about living in Camden.
The Ozanam Center for Service Learning, St Vincent DePaul
The Ozanam Center for Service Learning offers immersion experiences that connect people from diverse backgrounds, engage participants in poverty and justice issues in Cincinnati, and grow a commitment to long-term service and community engagement. Some of the engagement activities include: home visits with St. Vincent de Paul members, preparing and sharing a meal with residents of the West End or Over-the-Rhine, participating in a hip-hop dance class, a neighborhood photo-scavenger hunt, group reflection and prayer, volunteer work at St. Vincent de Paul or one of their many partner agencies.
The Glenmary Farm
Lewis County, KY
The Glenmary Farm is home to the Glenmary Group Volunteer Program. This retreat-like immersion experience in Eastern Kentucky blends service, education, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living. The Glenmary Farm grows people!
Volunteers will work with several local sites doing housing construction, visiting with nursing home residents, working with those with developmental challenges, and at a food pantry.
While service is the foundation of the Farm program, it also strives to develop community and to deepen faith through the context of shared experiences. Volunteers come not only to serve but also to learn about the rich culture and traditions present in this Appalachia region. It aims to broaden volunteers' understanding of the causes of poverty, oppression and injustice—and how their life choices can impact these issues.
Appalachia Immersion/UDSAP House
In this rural Appalachian experience, UD students will get a glimpse into the UD Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP) by visiting the local residents and learning of their rich culture, while building relationships. This small Appalachian community welcomes UD students each year and has a great willingness to share its culture. Kentucky BreakOut’ers will likely find some time to go hiking through the mountains too.
The REAL Dayton: Reaching, Enriching, Acting, Learning!
“The REAL D” is a 3-day experience during Fall Break that involves Reaching out, Enriching yourself, Acting for others, and Learning about Dayton. It is a great opportunity to find out who your Dayton neighbors are, give back to your local community, get to know other UD students, and continue to grow as a leader and team player. During the program you and 50 other UD students will have the chance to serve, learn, reflect, and socialize right here in Dayton. The program begins with dinner on campus Wednesday, October 3 and ends with dinner off campus on Saturday, October 6. Thursday night and Friday night you will spend the night off campus after invigorating days of being immersed into the cultural life of the REAL Dayton. For questions, contact Kelly Bohrer in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern at 937-229-2516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.