Cross Country Runners Partake in Spring Break Service Trips

Meghan Yi on her service trip to North Carolina

April 6, 2012

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This past spring break, five of the Siena Cross Country Women's runners showed their true selfless personalities by trading in beaches, relaxation and warm weather for service work and helping those in need.

Freshmen Caroline Bertholf, Chelsea Needham, and Carolyn Windover, sophomore Moira Hilt and senior Meghan Yi traveled to different areas on the east coast to help those in need.

Needham and Hilt spent their break on a trip to Boston, Mass. organized through Siena College's Franciscan Center. While there, they served seven hours a day at the St. Francis House serving breakfast and lunch, working at the clothing center, and also helping at the St. Anthony Shrine food pantry.

Bertholf and Windover spent their breaks on Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break trips as a part of the collegiate challenge. Bertholf and Windover were in Marion County, S.C., where they worked on the roof and siding of a house for a family in need. While in each of their sites they worked almost seven hours a day putting in 20-35 hours of work.

Yi traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. on her second Habitat for Humanity spring break trip. She worked with a group of Siena students to help with roofing on one of the houses and then with preparing and putting up walls on three other homes.

Although Yi has already been on two Habitat for Humanity trips, this is not the last step that she will take to help those in need. Yi's experiences with Habitat has inspired her to participate in a cross country bike trip from Jacksonville, Fla. to Monterey, Calif. this summer with the organization Bike & Build to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.

While on the service trips, the Saints also were able to find some time for fun. Needham and Hilt were able to visit the Boston harbor and even got the chance to run across the Boston Marathon finish line - every runner's dream. Bertholf and Windover were amazed by the caring community in Marion County feeling welcomed with opened arms, and Yi loved running in the beautiful North Carolina weather.