"Since my first year at Northeastern, I wanted to be involved in community service. When I heard about Alternative Spring Break through an intro to college class, I immediately applied to volunteer. I fell in love with the program and the next year applied to be a team leader. Working as a team leader, I have made new friends who find volunteering as important as I do and who are engaged in combating social issues.
For my third year with the program, I had the unique opportunity to volunteer in Kentucky with the organization Mountaintop Appalachia. My team and I learned all about mountain top removal, a type of strip mining, and the ways in which both the community and the environment are affected by this practice. With my team, I planted trees on an abandoned mine and weatherized the homes of low-income residents trying to lower their heat and electricity bills. This program was so special to me because I learned so much about an area of the United States that I had known nearly nothing about, as well as an environmental issue that I have the ability to influence by changing my electricity habits, spreading the word about mountain top removal, and speaking to my elected officials about policy changes I would like initiated.”—— Deirdre Judge, 2012 Alternative Spring Break Team Leader
To learn more about Mountaintop Appalachia visit the Mountaintop Removal Road Show website!