The Trekkers Community Service Corps (CSC) is a new peripheral program that was started in December 2015. This Community Service Corps program combines Trekkers student participants from three teams in grades 9-11, to unite in the spirit of creating change in the local community. Many Trekkers students have volunteered at soup kitchens and shelters across the country during expeditions, and they provided feedback to the Trekkers staff that they wanted to give back in the local community as well.
To create a local community service opportunity, the Trekkers Program Staff launched the program in early December 2015 by working with the Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House, an organization that provides wrap around case management and shelter services to homeless individuals and families. The Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House programming includes a mentor program, nutrition and cooking healthy classes, hygiene, budgeting, parenting, continuing education, career skill building, group therapy, confidence building and sometimes – just ‘learning how to have fun again’ activities that restore hope.
Volunteering on a weekly basis from December through February, the Trekkers students serve in a variety of roles – helping with projects, preparing food items, cooking meals with residents, and playing with children.