Students Use Spring Break to Volunteer

More than 200 students and dozens of community volunteers will be in Ensenada for the 35th year of the student-organized service trip Potter’s Clay.

Students will begin leaving campus Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10. In Mexico, teams will build four homes and a church, host medical, dental and optical clinics at various locations through the week, operate vacation Bible school programs at 16 churches and provide sports clinics. Potter’s Clay has launched several new efforts, including a surf ministry to help connect with Ensenada’s youngsters, a repair team to remodel previous Potter’s Clay construction sites and a creative dance team.

The 2010 Westmont College Potter's Clay construction team.

“Westmont students seek ways to fulfill their Christian calling,” says senior Josh Koh, Potter’s Clay co-director. “This long-term ministry provides incredible opportunities for them to experience life outside the U.S. while modeling their faith.”

For the fourth year, about 50 Westmont students will stay in Santa Barbara, working on various service projects in the community. Three service teams will work with children and families in the Carrillo and Village Apartments, Cleveland Elementary and the homeless in Santa Barbara. “We simply want to spread love and joy to all those around us,” says Ariana Bilek, with Spring Break in the City SantaBarbara. “We seek to build relationships and bridges of support within our community.”

More than a dozen students will be in San Francisco, working with a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, serving the homeless and volunteering at the youth ministry of City Crossroads Church. The SBIC San Francisco group will also work at Old Skool Café, a program started by alumna Teresa Goines that assists at-risk youth.

“It’s exciting to watch others develop a passion for San Francisco and its underserved,” says Maleshah Bender. “I hope this provides an outlet for students to experience the issues within a large community and equip them to carry on the work outside of SBIC.”

Five students will serve with SBIC Los Angeles, working with Jonah Project, World Impact, Union Rescue Mission and Homeboy Industries. “We hope to be faithful learners, embarking on a week filled with diverse experiences, serving God through it all,” says Nikki Ramage.


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