Help USF Collect Supplies for Syrian Refugee Relief Kits

March 3, 2016

Due to a 5-year civil conflict in Syria, half of that country’s people, nearly 5 million men and women and 7.65 million children have been killed or forced to flee their homes.

Families inside of Syria are struggling to survive or make a new home in neighboring countries. Those that stay in Syria are subject to military violence of unprecedented magnitude. Many people are risking their lives to find a way to the European countries that have offered them a new home.

You can help! Through April 30, 2016 we are collecting items for Syrian Refugee Relief Kits. Donated items will be sent to refugees in need through our partnership with Friends of the Poor in Fort Wayne, and the Central Mennonite Committee, a Christian relief agency that has long-standing connections with Syria and its neighboring countries. Further information about drop off of supplies is listed on relief kit link above. For more information contact Katrina Boedeker, (260) 399-8080.

Sign up now! Two Trip possibilities!

March 2, 2016

USF Travel Grant Assistance available for students who complete the USF Travel Grant Application.

NEW TRIP! Join University of Georgia Students on June 2016 Trip to Costa Rica!
  • May 30 – June 5, 2016, $780, plus airfare from Chicago (around $440)

Join students and staff from the University of Georgia on a 7-day trip to Costa Rica. Students will engage in service in San Luis, Costa Rica, staying 2 nights at UGA’s Costa Rica campus, and 4 nights on homestays with community families. While service is a main focus, there are also two days of recreational activities that include hiking and a zip line excursion at Monteverde Cloud Forest as well as a Coffee and Chocolate Tour. Spanish fluency not required. For more information, contact Katrina Boedeker.


Chile Service Immersion Trip
  • December 26, 2016 – January 8, 2017 (2-week trip)
  • March 10 – 18, 2017 (1 week Spring Break trip)

Escape winter and engage in a life-changing experience through USF’s first international service trip working with urban underprivileged youth in Valparaiso, Chile! These service immersion trips will take place over Winter Break and Spring Break, 2016-2017, during the high summer and early fall seasons of Chile.

Informational meetings: Friday, February 26; Friday, March 25; Friday, April 22; and Friday, May 27, 2016. All meetings will be at 6:00 pm at the Central Branch YMCA. For more information contact Katrina Boedeker or go to the YMCA’s Chile Service Trip for the brochure and to apply.



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