SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program is a service learning program which brings high school, college, and university students into rural communities for a social, cultural, and service exchange experience during traditional school breaks. VFC works with Colleges and Universities to recruit, orient, prepare and send student volunteers into diverse, rural communities to perform a variety of meaningful community service projects. VFC Volunteers contribute their unique talents and simple labor to rural communities in SERCAP’s seven state service region.
Founded in 1987, the VFC Program came under the umbrella of Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) in 1992. Since its inception, VFC has served 50 rural communities with over 7,000 student volunteers and more than 200,000 hours of in-kind labor. Additionally, the program has provided nearly $1 Million in combined monetary donations to the rural community host sites. VFC has long-term established partnerships with Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, and St. Joseph’s University to name a few. The student volunteers bring their unique skill sets to the communities where they volunteer and the community members provide the students with a look at rural life in America.
SERCAP, VFC’s parent organization, has a mission to promote the development of affordable water and wastewater facilities, activities and resources to improve the quality of life for low-income rural residents in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. SERCAP places VFC volunteers in communities in which it is already providing, water, wastewater, housing and community development services, adding value to those communities and further strengthening those relationships. VFC is an essential component of SERCAP’s comprehensive community development approach.
During Spring, Summer, and Fall breaks VFC volunteers have engaged in the following community service projects:
- Highway cleanups
- Stream cleanups
- Housing Renovations
- Tutoring and Mentoring of grade-school children
- Painting community buildings
- Working in community gardens
- Building accessibility ramps
- Community landscaping
- Assisting with Elementary School Events such as Field Day and the Water Festival
- Building a new tourism website for the county
- And Many More!