Help RLHAB Visit Appalachia
Residence Life & Housing Alternative Break (RLHAB)
Residence Life and Housing Alternative Breaks (RLHAB) is a program providing strong and direct service opportunities to students living in the residence halls at UD. RLHAB was founded in 2013 by two passionate students and their dedicated advisor from the University. Our mission is to inspire students with a passion for service to work toward a life of active citizenship, and to help them understand the impact that service can have on a community and its members.
Over the past five years, students who have participated in RLHAB have taken part in multiple service opportunities both on campus and in the local Newark communities and beyond. These trips are focused on social justice issues such as affordable housing, disaster relief, urban poverty, environmental sustainability, interfaith cooperation, food justice, and homelessness. As participants, site leaders, and executive board members of RLHAB, we strive to represent our University community as one that is comprised of active citizens, and to do our part in creating a community that is both inclusive and encouraging.
Participants will be going to Harlan, KY to learn more about the coal mining community and Appalachian culture. Harlan is in the Southeast corner of Kentucky and is located in the Appalachian mountains; it is a 9 hour car ride from Newark. We will be working with an organization called Visit Appalachia, which is a well-established group that works with alternative breaks and teaches students about mountaintop removal coal mining and the history of Appalachia. As part of this trip, we will attend a great deal of educational activities, as well as visit a mountaintop removal mine and plant trees on a strip mine. As the week goes on, we will work on projects related to a more sustainable economic future for the Harlan community. Finally, we will attend cultural events as well, such as music and dancing on Friday night of the trip.
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This project benefits students' education and the UD community as a whole because it is not just a one-week experience. Our student Site Leaders will work to prepare participants to be active citizens and to take what they learn during their trip to help their own community. This is achieved by educating our participants during pre-trip meetings. Throughout the semester, we will also be volunteering with local non-profits before we leave to give our students experience in what our trip focuses on. During the trip, Site Leaders and participants meet at the end of each night to reflect on our day to see what we learned and how to make the most of this experience and bring knowledge back to our own communities.
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