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ACU students, alumni give Spring Break time for Wildcat Week of Service

For immediate release 
March 1, 2006

Service is the theme for Spring Break 2006 at Abilene Christian University.

While approximately 500 students will go to locations across the U.S. and to a handful of international locations for Spring Break campaigns March 11-18, ACU alumni throughout the world will join hands to give their time, efforts and skills that same week.

Billed as Wildcat Week of Service, students will continue the tradition of going to a variety of destinations to do service work and spread the story of Jesus through actions and words. That same week, alumni in 30 different locations will be coordinating some sort of service project.

“We keep adding new locations every day,” said Amber Peck, director of alumni relations and chair of the ACU’s Centennial task force for special events.

With Abilene as home, ACU alumni will be coordinating various projects here, including providing manual labor for Hendrick Medical Center’s Friendship House project, support work for Healing Hands International, delivering non-perishable items to the homeless, and cleaning up the Abilene neighborhoods surrounding the ACU campus.

The Healing Hands project will be coordinated by Women for ACU.
Other project locations in Texas include:

  • Amarillo
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Lubbock
  • Midland
  • Odessa
  • South Padre Island
  • Sugar Land
  • Temple/Belton

Other project locations in the U.S. include:

  • Atlanta
  • Biloxi, Miss.
  • Evergreen, Colo.
  • Manchester, Conn.
  • Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Orleans
  • New York Boys’ Ranch
  • Searcy, Ark.
  • Seattle
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Virginia Beach, Va.

Project locations abroad include:

  • American Samoa
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Peck said, "Wildcat Week of Services is a great opportunity for ACU alumni and friends to visibly show how ACU can make a difference and change the world."

While the overall effort has been orchestrated in Abilene, alumni leaders in their respective locations are the driving forces for individual efforts. Each alumni leader has had the freedom to develop his own project, and the efforts range from neighborhood cleanup in Abilene to hurricane cleanup and recovery in New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss., to working with disabled people in Costa Rica concerning mobility issues.

"All we're asking for is one hour during this special week to celebrate ACU's mission of service throughout the world," Peck said. "But, we know in almost every situation, people will give more than one hour."

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