2015 Miner Challenge Trips

Little Rock, Arkansas

The Little Rock team worked with Our House Shelter. This facility provides shelter to the working homeless and their families.  Students worked in a variety of capacities; engaging the children in a learning environment and providing much needed physical labor to help the organization. In addition, the shelter provides financial and job placement assistance and GED and children's programs.


Detroit, Michigan

The team partnered with Mac Alive, a community organization that focuses on providing resources to children and adults in the local area. The students helped set up a computer lab that needed a lot of help. They started their experience off by assisting in a community garden that feeds the local families. Partnering with the Greening of Detroit, the team helped plant spinach and lettuce that would eventually be supplied to the community.  Together the students packed 41000 pounds of food at a local food bank that fed the local community.



Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Hattiesburg was severely  impacted by tornadoes and hurricanes the past few years. This group of students worked to continue the reconstruction efforts. The team started the week off by volunteering at the Fieldhouse for the Homeless and assisted by painting and cleaning the shelter for a day. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, the students helped construct housing projects for low income   families right alongside the future home owners.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


A dedicated group of 15 people went to Pittsburgh to work with issues of Hunger and Homelessness.  Working with Habitat for Humanity they were able to help demolish a single family home and prep for the installation of drywall, insulation, and new flooring. They set up a computer lab, and worked to develop a children’s room at a local church. The students also worked at the local community food bank where they were able to prep boxes of food for local families.


Santa Julia, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Central America, and a group of 12 individuals set out to impact a small  rural community. With no well and sparse electricity, the students assisted a women’s cooperative with their permaculture techniques. The participants made hundreds of pounds of bio and organic fertilizer that the community would later use on their crops and sell for a profit. The community welcomed the participants with open hearts, and together built relationships that were meaningful. The students enjoyed the hard work, but may have enjoyed playing with the children more than anything!