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Ospreys in Action

Trip Descriptions 2014

The Center for Community-Based Learning has organized three Ospreys in Action alternative break trips for Spring Break 2014. Trip details may be subject to change. The application window for the 2014 spring break trips has closed. Please join our OIA Facebook Group for continuous updates and announcements.

Housing & Poverty: Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing (Hammond, LA)

ORGANIZATION: The Fuller Center for Housing is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Specifically in Hammond, LA, the FCH assists people who are low-income, disabled, or elderly and are living in poverty conditions in the day to day. (

SERVICE: Volunteers will contribute to ongoing home rehabilitation and new construction efforts by working alongside homeowners. No construction skills are necessary as tasks will be taught and supervised by FCH staff.

LODGING: Immanuel Baptist Church

TRANSPORTATION: Driving two vans to Hammond, LA from UNF

DATES: Sunday, March 16 – Saturday, March 22

COST: $500 (includes all meals, lodging, and travel)

Environmental Restoration: Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition (Murphy, NC)

ORGANIZATION: HRWC is a local, non-governmental, conservation nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate water quality improvements in lakes and streams throughout the upper Hiwassee River watershed within Cherokee and Clay counties in NC and Towns and Union counties in north GA.  (

SERVICE: Volunteers will remove invasive species from streamside buffer areas and maintain many ongoing restoration projects in the watersheds of the Smoky Mountains. These activities require a willingness and desire to engage in the outdoors.

LODGING: Hinton Rural Life Center

TRANSPORTATION: Driving two vans to Murphy, NC from UNF

DATES: Saturday, March 15 – Saturday, March 22

COST: $400 (includes all meals, lodging, and travel)

Homelessness: National Coalition for the Homeless (Washington, D.C.)

ORGANIZATION: The NCH is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected. (

SERVICE: Volunteer activities on this trip will range from cooking serving at a soup kitchen and sorting food at a food bank amongst many experiential opportunities. This trip will have high levels of interaction with people either currently or previously experiencing homelessness and will involve both interfaith and legislative advocacy components.

LODGING: The Pilgrimage Center

TRANSPORTATION: Amtrak from Jacksonville to Washington, D.C.; Metro public transit in D.C.

DATES: Saturday, March 15 – Sunday, March 23

COST: $800 (includes all meals, lodging, and travel)