More than 130 Grove City College students will embark on nine Inner City Outreach programs over Easter break next week. The students will travel to six locations in the United States and three international locations to do volunteer and ministry work.
The students will travel to Ashland, Ky.; Camden, N.J.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; Providence, R.I.; Tucson, Ariz.; San Andres Sacabaja, Guatemala; Barahona, Dominican Republic; and Carillos de Poas, Costa Rica.
Hannah Gould ’14 will be attending the ICO Ashland trip for her third consecutive year and it has had a major impact on her. “Going on ICO Ashland has been ‘life-changing’ for me–it was my first mission trip freshman year and I never had experienced the presence of God so realistically before. Since then, I have grown and learned more every year I go. I’ve definitely learned the power of hospitality, service and God through this trip. Ashland has become dear to my heart and an extremely valuable part of my time at college,” Gould said.
The students will participate in multiple activities in part with local organizations throughout the trips that include volunteering at battered women’s and homeless shelters, vacation Bible school programs, performing on-site construction, homeless ministry, serving dinners and helping at Habitat for Humanity.
Each year, hundreds of Grove City College students participate in ICOs. They come from a variety of experiences with mission work and service. They take the time during breaks to travel to inner cities, rural areas and even overseas. Although the content of the trips differs, the focus is ministry through service.