While other college students were skiing up north or tanning down south during their winter break, UConn Hillel students traveled to Los Angeles, California, to help improve the lives of impoverished inner-city children.
Scott Meshnick, 20, of Weston, CT was among 50 students from various universities who participated in a program organized by Hillel, a worldwide group comprised of Jewish college students.
"I was excited to participate in the first-ever Hillel/City Year Alternative Break," said Meshnick, a member of the UConn Hillel chapter and the Tzedek (Social Justice) Chair. "I felt it was the perfect opportunity to learn about Jewish values and social justice, and I felt really good interacting with people who really needed our help."
Meshnick, along with five other UConn classmates and students from Kent State, College of Staten Island, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, Hofstra University, Hunter College and University of Delaware Hillel, teamed with City Year, to perform over 1,400 hours of hands-on community service at the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles.
Read more in the Hartford Courant.