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Summer VOLbreak

The VOLbreaks Program is currently accepting participant applications for our summer experience! This trip will be focusing on community development in the face of natural disaster in Houston, TX and will take place from May 8th – 15th, 2019.  Applications will close on Thursday February 28th at 11:59pm. Applicants will receive an email notifying them of their status by Friday March 8th at 5pm.

What do you need to know?

Trip Leaders: Catherine Faulk (cfaulk@vols.utk.edu) and Brooks Leftwich (bleftwic@vols.utk.edu)

Trip Cost: $600 (cash or check – made out to the Alternative Break Program)

*Scholarship applications can be found on VOLink and are due by February 28th at 11:45pm. Click HERE to start the scholarship application.

Description: Houston, Texas was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in late August 2017. With $125B in sustained damages, Hurricane Harvey is tied with Hurricane Katrina for the costliest tropical cyclone on record. More than 48,700 homes were affected by Harvey throughout the state, including over 1,000 that were completely destroyed and more than 17,000 that sustained major damage; approximately 32,000 sustained minor damage. Participants on the May VOLbreak trip will be working alongside members and organizations in the Houston community who are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Participants can expect to engage with different community partners as they rebuild Houston communities through different community development projects like housing repairs, food insecurity programs, education about discriminatory policies and combating the classist system of natural disaster recovery. Through facilitated service opportunities and discussions, students will learn about the multitude of issues that a community faces in the wake of natural disaster and how they can help combat these issues.

2019 Summer VOLbreak Participant Application

Before you begin the following application, please be sure you have reviewed the VOLbreak trip description listed on the website: https://leadserve.utk.edu/volbreaks/trip-descriptions/summer-alternative-break/. Please contact Natalie Frankel at nfrankel@vols.utk.edu with any questions or concerns. You will be contacted no later than March 8th by 5 PM to notify you of your application status.

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