Clinton, N.Y. – A group of Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.) students are making the trip from Central New York to Naoma and New River Gorge, W. Va., to do community service work during their spring break, March 12-18.
The Hamilton students will split their time volunteering at Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River (FOLGR) and Coal River Mountain Watch.
At FOLGR, they will do river clean-ups and help teach elementary school children about the water system. FOLGR strives for secure drinking water quality and recreational values of the watershed. It is involved in many projects that help conserve and protect the water resources of the Greenbrier River watershed, such as water monitoring, invasive species clean-up and educational programs. Coal River Mountain Watch is a small non-profit working in communities impacted by the coal industry in southern West Virginia that educates and mobilizes citizens to organize and stand together for environmental justice.
This trip is part of Hamilton’s 24th annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a volunteer venture that this year consists of 70 students going on eight different service trips to non-profit organizations. The groups will travel south for week long construction projects, direct service work with children, environmental service or community outreach work.