The Catholic Gators takes teams of students on mission trips during the University of Florida spring break. This year spring break falls between March 4-12. Catholic Gator students volunteer their time to travel to the Christian Appalachian Project in Northern Kentucky.
Mission is bringing about fulflling the great commission. It is a commitment to transforming our world into the love of Christ. We become the instruments through which God works to make this possible when we allow him to chose us for a mission.
Each year, we send students to Northern Kentucky to participate in 'WorkFest' to build houses for impoverished families in the Appalachian Mountains.
The Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) works to develop sustainable economic improvements in Appalachia. Volunteers live and work in the community year round. WorkFest is an opportunity for college students to help in their mission of assisting the people of Appalachia pull themselves out of poverty.
This year we have an opening for 9 students and 1 leader to take part. Students will have transporation to Kentucky and stay in the CAP mission center. We will work alongside and form friendships with the skilled construction volunteers for the week and the families whose homes we will be fixing.
WorkFest is designed to expose college students both to the culture of Appalachia (religion, music, simplicity of life) and to the astounding level of poverty.
The hope is that students will take what they learned about the Gospel, about social justice, and about combating poverty and allow it to transform their everyday lives after they return to the University of Florida campus.