2017 Alternative Spring Break
For the eleventh year, the Molloy College Office of Experiential Learning sponsored a trip to post-Katrina New Orleans to assist in the rebuilding and revitalization efforts that continue a decade later. Three groups of Molloy students, faculty and administrators joined together with hundreds of college students across the U.S. to spend their Spring Break making a contribution to the people of a city who continue to struggle with the after-math of the devastating hurricane of 2005 and the BP oil spill in 2010.
This year, nursing students led by Dr. Geri Cornell spent their days working at the Rebuild Center, an inner-city soup kitchen and food pantry founded by the Presentation Sisters who serve approximately 150 people a day. The Center also provides showers, phones and legal services to those in need. They also visited local hospitals and met with various community partners who also serve the city of New Orleans.
Dr. Anthony Tolvo and his group of biology students partnered up with the University of New Orleans' CERF (Coastal Education and Research Facility) to help in the various coastal restoration efforts.
The third group of students volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans to help with the continued efforts to rebuild homes in the Lower Ninth Ward.
They also found time to engage in some local cultural activities.