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What: Student volunteer service trip
Where: Palm Beach County, Florida
When:
 March 6 – 12, 2016 (during spring break)
Who: Saint Rose students working with Paint Your Heart Out
Estimated cost: The cost for this trip averages out to approximately $800/student. Team fundraising helps to alleviate this cost.

About:
Saint Rose students have been traveling to Palm Beach County to do spring break service ever since 2001. Working in the sunshine of south Florida, our students partner with the Paint Your Heart Out campaign, a program run by Solid Waste Authority of PBC. The organization collects discarded paint, removes it from the waste stream, and uses a special mixing formula to make it into usable, recycled paint. The paint then is ready to be donated back to the Palm Beach County community. Paint Your Heart Out volunteers use the product on homes of disabled, elderly, and low-income residents who do not have the means to paint their own home. Students will paint 3-4 houses, brightening the homes of families and the neighborhood they live in. Students reflect on the contrast between the people they serve and the affluence around them. Their conversations also turn to environmentalism, community beautification strategies, the impact of home ownership.

Interested student?
Recruiting for each spring break trip happens early in the fall semester. Contact communityservice@strose.edu for more information.

“When you think of Florida, you think of sandy beaches, tanning, and flip flops. What you don’t think of is that there are lower economic families, run-down homes, and crime. You can drive down a road and on one side there is a gated community with a swimming pool and security, and on the other side of the road are small, run-down homes with uncut grass and broken down cars in the driveway.

I think one of the most rewarding moments last year was when a homeowner was moved to tears when she saw her home painted. She was so happy, and our team helped make that happen. It’s the little things in life that can make a world of a difference in someone’s life!”

-Addison Todd