This week, more than 400 BU students are performing community service across the country on more than 30 Alternative Spring Break trips. Together with their chaperones, mostly BU staff members, these folks are road tripping, building homes, caring for the elderly and generally offering comfort where comfort is needed.
Our own Patrick Devanney, the ERC’s Retention Program Specialist, wrote to us from Chicago.
“I’m 983 miles west of the GSU off-site at the P.A.W.S. Chicago animal shelter with 10 student volunteers. Diving into the world of animal rescue and adoption, our days are filled with walks, cleaning, socializing and talking to potential families.
These animals only want to love and the thought of anyone harming them is beyond belief. For every animal that’s adopted at P.A.W.S., there’s one fewer at the animal control center. That’s one more life saved; P.A.W.S. is a no-kill shelter.
Reflecting over a giant Gino’s East famous Chicago deep dish pizza, all 10 students and chaperone alike feel pure, unadulterated satisfaction at knowing that these animals are loved when we’re in C-town.
I hope all of you consider volunteering for Alternative Spring Break at some point in your BU career. I guarantee you will change…Izaak the dog has certainly changed me.”