VISION (Volunteers In Service Internationally Or Nationally) provides service-learning trips for the St. Thomas community during January Term and spring break. If you are interested in volunteering your services to help those less fortunate this January, take note of these events:

  • An information session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Room 155, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.
  • Doors open for Application Day at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Volunteer Center, Room 153, Murray-Herrick Campus Center (important information for volunteers who wish to come early to wait in line for a certain trip: the building does not open until 6 a.m.).

January 2000 VISION Service Trip

participants will go to these sites:


Puerto Rico

Alamosa, Colo.

Memphis, Tenn. *

Clarksdale, Miss.

Selma, Ala.

Berea, Ky.

South Boston, Mass.

* The Memphis, Tenn., trip is offered in conjunction with the course, JPST 297: A VISION of Nonviolent Social Change/Nonviolent National Defense: Lessons from King, Ghandi, Gene Sharp and Jesus. Students registering for this four-credit J-Term course will be given preference in the interview process.

By applying for a Vision trip, you join hundreds of other Tommies in their commitment to service across the country and around the globe. Many students participate with the expectation to work hard and give all they can. The surprise is found, often, in discovering how much more one receives in return from the people who are served. One volunteer said, “I started out hoping to change the world. I ended up changing my life.”

If you can’t make it to the information session, stop by the Center for Service-Learning and Social Action, Room 153, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, to see Chris Carroll, Kristen Engstrom or Jacob Cunningham; or in Campus Ministry, Room 105, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, to see Mike Klein.

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