CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (February 6, 2017) – About 14 Boston College students will be spending their Spring Break working on various service projects with residents of Hazard as part of the university’s alternative spring break program. The students are members of the Appalachia Volunteers Program, commonly known around campus as “Appa,” which was founded in 1979 and is one of the nation’s oldest alternative spring break programs.
“For me, Appa is all about community, from the new community formed within our trip group to the actual community we serve for a week. This year, I look forward to making new personal connections with the people of Hazard, KY as well as the connections within my group that I will bring back to BC with me,” said trip leader Kevin Reidy.
The group visiting Hazard is one of Boston College’s 36 spring break service trips this year. While the program has been traditionally rooted in the Appalachian region, it has recently expanded into urban areas of the United States, including Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. Throughout the year, the 500 student participants engage in conversations around service, faith, justice, and community, all of which culminates in a week of service and solidarity during Boston College’s spring break.