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Awards and Testimonials
CC International meets the Newman’s Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge!
CC International receives a $5,000 award for its work with Stony Brook University
CC International receives award from The American Red Cross
Award for Gulf Coast Restoration efforts in Spring of 2011
CC International recognized by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour for Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts.
Newspaper articles from Spring 2011 Gulf Coast Restoration
Over 5,000 Alternative Break Volunteers have participated in CC International Projects from these fine universities:
"CCI brought over 1000 volunteers to Hancock County, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Their efforts were well organized and effective in delivering relief to our residents. We appreciate CCI's assistance"
"It was great to have a group with the skills that were needed in the community, they're contribution will help build sustainable income from ecotourism"
"The volunteers came in and fixed the ceiling on our computer lab. They did a great job and we hope they will come back in the future"
"The trail improvements completed by CCI volunteers will help to preserve wildlife habitat in Cahuita National Park."
"Volunteers provided by CCI are essential to help carry out some of our initiatives in Talamanca."
"The programs Community Collaborations partners with have a proven track record and many have been recognized by leading international organizations. We look for groups who have the capacity to provide significant, safe, and exciting volunteer opportunities."
"I was very impressed by your extremely effective and well organized program's ability to maximize the efforts of an array of different groups to make real progress in the area."
"It's August and I still am telling people about what I saw and what I did back in March down there. I was really an amazing experience working hand in hand with you as well as the people of Waveland to help clean up and rebuild their community. I wouldn't trade those memories for the world."
"I feel like we did a lot of good work. I think the money we donated as an ASUI government was well worth it. The money from the other donors was well spent too. We could have never made as much as a difference as we did by just sending that money. Plus, 63 sudents had an eye opening experience that is as important to their education as any class. Hopefully their experiences will end up improving the university as a whole as well."
"I have been going on Alternative Service Break trips with students for 7 years, and this is by far the most profound and emotionally heavy trip I have ever been a part of...Many of us, myself included are often looking through glassy eyes as we fight back tears about all of the hurt and suffering that people continue to experience in Waveland, MS..."
"When I was on a job site a man driving by in his car stopped to ask me where I was from. He had a tired look on his face as he expressed to me how much he appreciated that we came to Waveland to work instead of partying and relaxing on spring break. He was almost moved to tears as he said that we all have a special place in heaven and our families must be so proud. Just seeing the complete gratitude of a complete stranger whom I didn't even directly help made everything worthwhile...If I had to do it all again, I would in a heartbeat. Turns out that sleeping in tents, eating PB&J every day and riding in a bus for 30 hours is actually kinda fun! None of it would be possible without the overwhelming support of those who donated for the trip. To those awesome people all I can say is thank you sooo very much!"
"After this experience, my passion for pursuing a career with humanitarian intentions has definitely grown much stronger then I ever could have imagined. I hope to spend more of my life helping people in the way I helped them over this spring break."
"We all came back with bruises, scratches, and bug bites but our spirits grew in Mississippi. In the face of all of the destruction, there was hope and rebuilding. I learned that college students can change and impact anything that they decide to change."
CCI programs have also been featured on:
- Sustainable Eco Tourism Central America (PDF)
- Emory Blog Excerpt (HTML)
- Student documents journey with photos (PDF)
- Reflection on Alternative Spring Break (PDF)
- Not your average spring break (PDF)
- Alternative Spring Break Blog (PDF)
- A life-changing Experience (PDF)
- Trading Swimsuits for Work Gloves (PDF)
- UI Students Choose Service Over Snorkeling for Spring Break (PDF)
- Iowa State Helps Rebuild Mississippi (PDF)
- Columbia of Chicago Provides Disaster Relief (PDF)