Scholarship Recipient Undergoes a Life Altering Experience Through Urban Poverty Trip

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

By Dianne L. Anderson*

Amy Moore-Shipley, camera in hand

“My spring break was a life-altering experience founded in volunteering, education and social justice,” said Amy Moore- Shipley, who received a Casey Feldman Foundation Scholarship to travel to Cincinnati on an urban poverty trip with a group of other students over spring break from college this year. The college students volunteered with the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, in a City which ranks 7th in the nation for the highest percentage of residents living in poverty, and where some 7,000 residents are homeless. One out of every three children lives in poverty. The itinerary for the trip was filled with advocate speakers, interactive activities and volunteer work with those in need.

Moore-Shipley and her fellow student volunteers worked with preschoolers in a community center, served hundreds of meals in drop-in kitchens and cleaned up yards for low-income housing programs. The students also cooked for a family on a food stamp budget, navigated the city for resources for the homeless and created a mock drop-in shelter. (more…)

Feldmans Meet with 2011 Alternative Spring Break Scholarship Recipients

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Scholarship recipients with Casey's parents. From left to right: Joel Feldman, Nicholas Zhou, Erika Durbin, Ricky Bell, Amber Diaz, Patrycja Humienik, and Dianne Anderson.

For the second consecutive year, several students from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where Casey’s parents are active in the parents’ association and Casey’s  brother Brett is a student, are recipients of an Alternative Spring Break scholarship that has been set up in Casey’s memory. This year’s scholarship recipients are Ricky Bell, Amber Diaz, Erika Durbin,Patrycia Humienik, Abigail Lane, Nicole Rodriguez, Amy Moore Shipley and Nicholas Zhou.

 Casey’s parents, Dianne and Joel,  had the opportunity recently to meet with  some of these  impressive students and share in their excitement about the upcoming spring break trips. All of the students expressed their gratitude in receiving the scholarships which have made their upcoming trips possible.

Casey made volunteering and helping others a priority in her life. These students will be doing the same, performing community service during their week off for spring break. The service trips include working at  an animal sanctuary in Woodstock, NY; aiding in disaster relief in New Orleans; preserving a rare coastline habitat in Oregon; filming a documentary about minority populations and human rights in San Diego; and working with the homeless in Cincinnati. 

There are many more  students who would like to particpate but who do not have the funds to do so. Contribute to the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation so that more deserving students may experience the rewards of an “Alternative Spring Break”.

Related Links:

–  Helping our children experience the gift of helping others,  article in the Fall CU Parent Newsletter by Casey Feldman’s parents, Joel Feldman and Dianne in which they discuss the establishment of the Alternative Spring Break scholarships in Casey’s memory.

–  Casey Feldman Inspiration video ,  produced by CU Boulder broadcast journalism student Kylie Bearse  and which aired on CU Boulder TV News, concerning the Alternative Spring Break program and the scholarships established in Casey’s memory.

–  University of Colorado – Boulder Volunteer Resource Center , Volunteer office at CU which organizes the Alternative Spring Break trips

 – Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation News and Updates – University of Colorado, Alternative Spring Break, all of the Foundation articles concerning the Alternative Spring Break scholarships, recipients, trips and student testimonials