Brigantine gets a new flood: student volunteers

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CER Director Jim Mogan has been busy recently running the Brigantine Beach Community Center hostel for volunteers assisting AmeriCorps staff in mucking out houses, assisting at the county warehouse and other activities needed as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

AmeriCorps coordinator Candace Lynn has been the steady hand on site as these volunteers rotate in on a weekly basis looking to help as needed.

“The volunteers have been great. Besides helping clean the houses, they have been working behind the scenes (on projects) that will affect people later,” Lynn said.

This past week, 15 students and four staff employees from Elon University in North Carolina have made the BBCC their home away from home, arriving after driving 13 hours from school. According to its website, Elon University is a private liberal arts university renowned for engaged and experiential learning.

Evan Small, assistant director of the John R. Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, sent out an email to students inviting them to volunteer during a school break.

The Kernodle Center and Elon Volunteers! give students the chance to take their love of service on the road. Planned and led by student volunteers, these trips allow students to face pressing social issues in the national and international community.

“We take 11 trips each year, coordinated with our break schedule,” Small said.

Volunteers from Elon University Volunteers from Elon University

Volunteers have visited New Orleans, the Dominican Republic and Appalachia assisting in the local communities. This project is an alternative faith break trip, according to one of the volunteers.

Lynn listed 10 homes that the volunteers had worked on, as well as the Spanish Community Center in Atlantic City and helping out at the county warehouse. While volunteers have been staying at the BBCC and the Community Presbyterian Church, space is needed for future volunteers who will be arriving in March – as many as 75 to 100 a day.

“We have a lot of volunteers coming and if anyone can help us find a place for them, we would appreciate it,” Lynn said.

Local businesses and families have been feeding the volunteers. To help, call Jim Mogan at the BBCC, (609) 264-7350 or John Scotland at the Community Presbyterian Church, 266-7942.

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