Michigan college students spend week
volunteering at S.A. AIDS Foundation
QSanAntonio.com, May 5, 2012
A group of 11 college students from Kalamazoo, Michigan spent their spring
break this week at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, bringing much appreciated
volunteer assistance to a variety of jobs, large and small.
The group from Western Michigan University is part of a national Alternative
Spring Break organization which makes service and volunteer opportunities
available to students across the U.S.
The Michigan students drove to San Antonio in two vans provided by the
university. While in town, they stayed at a house owned by and adjacent
to the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Wurzbach Road.
"They slept on the floor and cooked communal meals, though they always
had lunch at SAAF with the residents." says Susan Bradley, a SAAF
volunteer who serves as the agency's volunteer coordinator.
During their week at SAAF, the students helped staff members
with many tasks. "They’ve done yard work, painting, fence building,
kitchen duty, help feed residents, cleaning and building maintenance."
Students worked during the day and had their evenings free. "I often
arrange for them to socialize with local college students who also volunteer
at SAAF," says Bradley. "The local students show our Michigan
visitors the sights around San Antonio."
This is the second group from Western Michigan University to spend their
spring break at SAAF this year. Ten students worked as volunteers during
the first week in March. "They did quite a lot to help us prepare
for the WEBB Party, making decorations and hosting a VIP party that week,"
SAAF has hosted student volunteers from this particular program for the
past eight years. Bradley says she believes that the time the students
spend at SAAF gives them valuable life experience.
"The students are always a great help and they provide so much encouragement
and affection to our residents. They leave regretfully but with a new
understanding of AIDS and a great appreciation for San Antonio."