LOS ANGELES, CA - While many college students hit the beaches over Spring Break, South Plainfield resident Julia Zipp headed to Los Angeles, California but not to work on her tan. Unlike other college students, Zipp along with her fellow brothers from the High Point University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) traded in their beach towels for a tool belt. They spent their spring break in Los Angeles volunteering and completing construction projects at five sites with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.

APO is a co-educational, non-Greek fraternity that stresses leadership and friendship with a primary goal of service to the community.  Many colleges throughout the United States offer an Alternative Spring Break program which provides college students an opportunity to grow personally and professionally by working at a variety of sites and give back to the communities.

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APO member and Alternative Spring Break Chairperson Tori Casaday planned the trip according the press release from High Point University.  Casaday wanted to bring the brothers of APO together to experience a different environment as well as help those in need.  “I am so glad we decided to partner with Habitat for Humanity for the trip,” said Casaday.  “We were able to meet one of the families who will be receiving a home that we worked on.  Being able to help a single mother with three children currently living in a dangerous and unsafe environment touch me and make me happy to serve and help.”

“Instead of going on a normal spring break, I decided to volunteer my time to help others,” stated Julia Zipp, APO member. “It was an amazing experience working with Habitat for Humanity and I am thankful for the opportunity to work side by side with my fellow APO brothers to help those less fortunate.”

Zipp, a freshman with a double major in communications and human relations with a minor in nonprofit leadership and management participated in one of the four service trips that were taken during High Point University’s spring break.  Groups of volunteers traveled to Haiti, Florida and Washington, D.C., for a week of service as well.