Guatemala Mission Trip
The Office of Student Activities offers a variety of service opportunities throughout the year for traditional undergraduate students. Service is a component that fits directly into the Queens University of Charlotte motto, Non ministrari, sed ministrare - "Not to be served, but to serve." Following each outreach opportunity, students are given debriefing questions to reflect on their experience.
Annual Service Events:
Martin Luther King Day of Service: Queens partners with Non-Profits all over the city to send out Queens volunteers for "A day on, not a day off". We encourage students to reflect Dr. King's famous quote, "What are you doing others" by serving the community.
Room in the Inn: These neighbors are homeless individuals from the Charlotte community who during the cold nights of winter have nowhere to stay. Every Tuesday, six guests enjoy a cozy home for the night on campus.
St. Jude's Up Till Dawn: Students spend the year fundraising as teams for St. Jude Children's research hospital. At the end of the year, students stay up all night to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
Sleep for a Cause: Students sleep in their cars to raise awareness about homelessness. Students collect canned goods, participate in a poverty simulation and listen to speakers who were previously homeless. This events happen in conjunction with the national Homelessness Awareness Month, November.
Alternative Break Service Trips:
Guatemala Mission Trip: Spring Break
Annually, a group of 15-16 students and 3 advisors travel to Guatemala for spring break. This is a three-fold mission that focuses on self awareness, the people of Guatemala, and God. Students prepare with a 3-hr credit semester long class that teaches about the history and culture of Guatemala and begins to bond the team in preparation for the trip. During the 10-day trip, the group works on a physical work project, visits co-ops, and attends local churches and presentations. It is a trip centered around understanding and growth.
Alternative Thanksgiving Service Trip: New Orleans
Since 2005 members of the Queens University of Charlotte have given their Thanksgiving breaks to serve the New Orleans, LA community to help re-build parts of the city still devastated from Hurricane Katrina. This November will mark the 8th trip to New Orleans that the student organization, Build4Cause, has planned. Through strenuous fundraising efforts this year, 22 students and 3 chaperones will travel 750 miles to the Gulf Coast to give back. Students will work with the St. Bernard Project to assist with the rebuilding efforts on three to four homes over the course of the week. While in New Orleans, volunteers will also give back by serving Thanksgiving dinner to those less fortunate, and will visit Port Fourchon, LA, the site of the more recent Hurricane Isaac.
Alternative Spring Break Trip: New York
Build4Cause traveled to New York City in Spring 2013 for its inaugural Alternative Spring Break trip to assist with rehabilitation efforts from Hurricane Sandy which made landfall in October 2012. Fifteen students and three advisors worked on homes and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Long Beach Island, NY for the duration of the Spring Break week. Build4Cause looks to continue its efforts to give assistance to its domestic neighbors as needed.