Local non-profit welcomes Alternative Spring Breakers | News
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- College students usually spend their Spring Break somewhere fun like the beach. But this year a group of Penn State students had a different destination in mind.
More than 100 students drove 14 hours to volunteer and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham (UCP). The students are part of The Navigators which is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry.
Mark Roper, one of The Navigators, is glad he and his friends had this opportunity.
"It overjoys my heart. I feel like I have been served through Christ and by knowing Him I'll be able to serve others," Roper said.
"These kids could have done anything for their Spring Break," Gary Edwards with UCP. "It's impossible to say what I'm feeling to have kids that would dedicate themselves."
The students will be here until Saturday. They will volunteer in the classrooms, help with the Special Olympics and build a garden for a school.
The UCP is a non-profit that provides programs and services for more than 3,000 infants, children and adults with disabilities. They serve not only Birmingham but 10 surrounding counties.
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