During JWU’s annual Alternative Spring Break (Feb. 22-24) a group of 7 Wildcats - representing Student Government Association, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and National Student Organizations - volunteered at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center in northern Rhode Island, helping camp staff with two bathroom demolitions, and numerous painting, cleaning, and organization projects over the course of the weekend. This year’s theme was Explore Local, Think Global. ASB is sponsored by Student Involvement & Leadership and the BRIDGE.
Aldersgate Camps & Retreat Center aims to provide a sacred space, empowering all in faith and friendship to change the world through inclusive social justice frameworks. Each summer, the camp hosts about 300 individual campers in both overnight and day camp programs and provides special funds or “campership” programs for campers who cannot afford the cost of camp, but would benefit from the experience, as well as a specific program for children of immigrants and refugees. During the summer they work with a number of organizations that provide a camping experience for campers who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend camps, including:
Camp Hope: For childhood cancer survivors and their siblings
Forever Siblings: Run by Adoption Rhode Island, designed to provide a camp experience for campers split up by the foster care system
Camp Mauchatea: For children with visual impairments
Camp Celiac: For children with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance