PCC’s Alternative Break : Waves of Change
PCC Student Life and Leadership Programs give students the opportunity to travel outside of Oregon on an alternative break between terms. This winter break, 15 PCC student volunteers will build homes in Kaua’i with Habitat for Humanity. These student volunteers are actively engaged across all campuses with organizations like the Dreamers Resource Center, ASPCC, Multicultural Center, Men of Color Leadership Program, and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
These students will not just be partaking in the actual building of houses, but also learning about how the effects of climate change are affecting Kaua’i and the effect it has on housing insecurity. Kawaikini, the highest point in Kaua’i gets 400 inches of annual rainfall; by comparison, Portland gets 44 inches annually. It is predicted that based on Kaua’i’s rising sea level and chronic flooding 19,800 people will be displaced and 6,500 structures will be flooded, including 500 cultural sites. Just like in Portland, the rates of homelessness in Hawaii are increasing.
The student volunteers are fundraising to help buy supplies to build a home for a family in need in Kaua’i. The link to the gofundme account can be found here and on The Bridge’s social media; any donations are appreciated.