HU groups doing service work at spring break

Several groups from Huntington University are spending their spring break, March 25-29, volunteering in Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; and Haiti.

The groups include HU students, faculty members and alumni. The service trips are coordinated by the Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service.

Eight HU volunteers are in Los Angeles, where they are spending mornings working in soup kitchens and a retirement facility through the Center for Student Missions. During the afternoons, they are working with an after-school program through Door of Hope, a Christian transitional housing program for families in Pasadena and Glendale, CA.

Team members include Samantha Beerbower, EunSoo Kim, Emily Myers, Maria Pavon Guzman, Connor Slavicek, Dr. Tanner Babb, assistant professor of psychology; Jodi Fiedler, Campus Ministries administrative secretary; and Arthur Wilson, campus pastor.

In Nashville, an HU group is working with a rescue mission. They are sorting and washing clothing, distributing meals on the streets, building relationships with the homeless and assisting with a Christian worship service held in the streets.

Team members include Huntington residents Kati Frankle and Preston Shafer, along with Gina Boucouras, Niki Beere, Kristina Moore, Jessie Perry, Molly Williams, Jacob Willinger and Grace McBrayer, director of volunteer service and outreach ministry.

The group in Haiti is working with Mission of Hope, an organization founded by HU graduates Brad and Vanessa Johnson, to meet the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians.

The team includes Vince Haupert, vice president for advancement; his brother, Jason Haupert; Dr. Jerry Clore, a dentist and 1979 HU graduate; trip leader Kelly Stace, Brad Barber, Hannah Bowles, Logan Bush, Emily Carbaugh, Katherine Eckhoff, Haley Glinz, Moriah Haglund, Essie Kaufman, Becca Perhai, Jamie Schreur, Will Stauffer, Jordan VanEngen, Matt Whitney and Jason Wright.