Alternative Fall & Spring Break Trips
RLC offers alternative fall and spring break trips that are both fun and beneficial to the communities we visit. Each year RLC chooses several cities to serve. In 2012, 60 students and staff traveled to Washington, D.C., Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Tennessee, and Canada. These trips offered students a chance to relax and make new friends while giving back to the community. RLC is able to subsidize trip costs and support student fundraising efforts.
Simpson Justice Seekers
The Simpson Justice Seekers are an active presence on campus educating themselves and their peers about the many injustices in our world. Through discussion, service, and reflection, the group takes time to learn about issues like immigration, poverty, sex trafficking, world hunger, and many others. The Justice Seekers are also actively raising awareness through different forms of advocacy regard each topic that we discuss.
Every year we have a specific mission we focus on supporting. In 2012-2013 our mission is Women at the Well, located within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa. We will be doing clothing/toiletry drives and worshiping with the women. Watch your emails and talk to the Chapel Interns to learn more about how you can be a part of this year’s mission!
The last weekend of October is spent at Drake University’s Stadium learning and experiencing what it is like to be homeless. Simpson students use boxes to create a shelter for themselves for the night. Rain or shine, students are in solidarity with people who are homeless for one night. For more information, you can check out Reggie’s Sleepout website (http://www.reggiessleepout.org/)
TOMS One Day Without Shoes
Simpson students along with many others around the country spend one day walking around without shoes. This gives students just a taste of what it is like to live in a third world country where shoes are in high demand and the diseases one can attain by walking around without shoes. For every pair of shoes purchased from TOMS, a pair of shoes is sent to a person in need of shoes. Students join together for a shoeless picture and pizza for lunch. Visit http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/ for more information.
Megan Wallingford: Chapel Intern of Justice and Mission
My name is Megan Wallingford, and I am the intern of Justice and Mission. As a chapel intern, I will be spending my time coordinating the fall and spring Alternative Break Trips as well as helping students become more aware of many issues in the world, both locally and globally. As a senior with a major in Sociology (Social Work Emphasis) and minors in Religion and Spanish, I have spent my time at Simpson becoming very involved in the Religious Life community. I have a strong passion for international missions and doing my best to make sure that all God’s created beings are loved and cared for. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!