WU students trade beach trips to help others

Jennifer Gaskins (704) 233-8117
Director of Marketing and Communications

Wingate, NC – Instead of taking the traditional beach trip for spring break, 45 students at Wingate University will travel to Washington, DC, Florida and Tennessee to serve others in need.

Organized through the university's Office of Service, the group will leave campus Feb. 28 and return March 6.

In Jacksonville Beach, Fla. and Oak Ridge, Tenn., the students will be working with Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge to build new homes or repair homes through Habitat’s Revitalization project. The Collegiate Challenge program runs year-round offering alternative break options to one of 250 host sights in the United States.

In Washington, DC, the group will be working with a variety of urban needs including homelessness. “We are really excited this year to offer three different trips for students,” said Shannon Waite, who works with AmeriCorps VISTA: NC Campus Compact at Wingate University.

“In the past years, we have only been able to support one trip.”
Wingate students have a history of getting involved and serving others. This past fall was the most successful semester for civic engagement on campus. A snapshot of the numbers shows 407 volunteers recruited; 1,662.75 hours served; 21 community agencies served and 1,195 clients impacted by services.

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers more than 36 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, physical education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.