Tiger Odyssey, Fort Hays State University's chapter of Break Away the Alternative Break Connection, completed a trip to Denver from March 20-26.
The group decided to work on urban issues for this year's trip. Sarah Frusher, Ransom senior, Jamie Gruber, Bennington sophomore, Yuka Matsunami, Chiba, Japan, sophomore, and Robert Duffy, coordinator of the Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network, drove to Denver and volunteered at the Denver Rescue Mission and Denver Natural Areas.
At the Rescue Mission, the group organized food donations in a pantry and a cooler and served food to the homeless. For the Denver Natural Areas, they put barriers around cottonwoods along the Cherry Creek Canal to protect them from beavers.
They also met with the Peace Corps regional office staff in Denver and discussed a possible ride-along with the Denver Police for possible future trips to the city.
The group is planning on increasing the number and variety of trips this year, as well as increasing the number of students involved. There are currently eight students active with the group. They are investigating the possibility of volunteering at one of the national parks during the summer to work on ecological issues, and the possibility of some students attending the Alternative Break Citizenship schools (ABCs) to be held in Boston this summer.