This archived article was written by: Alexis Sharp
Every year over Spring Break the SUN Center heads to the Piscopo Reservation outside of Bluff, Utah, to help the Navajo community by improving their homes and habitats for their animals.
This year 18 students are training for this project. Not only have they been learning to work as a group and they have been learning about the Navajo customs. These students will leave Price on March 16 and stay at a mission on the reservation until March 20.
The SUN Center works with United Way and Active Re-entry to fund this project through a partnership grant the two organizations set up. Also United Way and Active Re-entry will find out what is needed to do and bring to the project. The reservation is not located by any stores or close enough to any towns to pick up supplies, so all supplies needed must be obtained before leaving Price and transported to the reservation.
This year the volunteers will be working on building corrals, irrigation systems and building wheel chair ramps for The Navajo citizens. Most of the time spent on the reservation is hard work, however the center tries to do at least one activity a day for the volunteers. Past activities have included a hike with a Navajo guide, going to Four Corners, and hiking in Arches National Park on the way back to CEU.
“This is a great experience because you learn so much,” states Kathy Murray, SUN Center director. And in the past students have commented that they really appreciate the experience they had and what the trip has contributed to their perspectives of life. This overall seems to be a great service for both the people who volunteer and those who are being helped through this project.