Spring Break In Brooklyn

Illustration by Creative Intern Hannah Kline

Spring Break 2019 was such an incredible experience for me. I participated in the University of Florida Hillel Alternative Spring Break, with Repair the World NYC. Five students from the University of Florida Hillel, spent five days in Brooklyn New York, volunteering with various service partners of Repair the World.

While it was a lot of fun, the experience was humbling and eye-opening. We worked on art projects with residents of a Transition Living Facility (TLC) that houses women with special disabilities. TLC helps transfer the residents from a general population homeless shelter into a smaller more intimate facility. Living in these communities allows them to live in more secure housing and to be more independent.

Another powerful experience was volunteering for an organization called Books Through Bars. We were in the basement of a small bookstore in Brooklyn, reading letters from incarcerated individuals across the country. In their letters, they list the books they would be interested in reading. We scavenge the vast book selection, choosing the perfect book for them, packaging, weighing and addressing them to send to the prisoners.

The UF Hillel's Alternative Spring Break experience was life-changing. Throughout the five-day trip, I met inspiring individuals. No matter their circumstances they persevered to move forward and better their lives.

I came back home with a new appreciation for what I have been given and will continue to volunteer after graduation and throughout law school.

Illustrator, Hannah Kline (left)

Author, Andrew Nissensohn (center)

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