The Mizzou Triangle Tigers hosted a dinner for 12 students from the University of Missouri-Columbia who were here to volunteer during their winter break in January.
They were part of Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) which gives students unique opportunities to gain a wider perspective while immersed in a life-changing week of service to people and communities around the world.
MAB is a student-led program on the campus of the University of Missouri that sends groups of 12 students across the country over spring, winter, and weekend breaks to work on various service issues, including HIV/AIDS, the environment, urban poverty, education and disability. In 2014, 1600 Mizzou students applied to be one of 850 travelers chosen for the program. Students pay an upfront fee which covers a portion of the trips. The majority of the funding comes from fundraising efforts of each student.
“Getting to interact with Mizzou students while enjoying a pasta dinner with fellow alumni, made for a memorable evening,” said Jill Hammergren, Mizzou Triangle Tigers president, “We’re delighted that they spent their break in North Carolina.”
While in the Triangle, the students stayed in a Durham church and volunteered their time to three organizations:
- Bridge II Sports, an adaptive sports organization in Durham.
- Learning Together, an inclusive preschool in Raleigh where 50 percent of the students have disabilities.
- Bright Star Stables, a therapeutic horse riding center in Rougemont.
When not volunteering their time, the students got to tour the campuses of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University as well as the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
To learn more about MAB, visit www.breaks.missouri.edu