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Student Life

Spring Break Service Trip

Each year, the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth and our student chapter of Habitat for Humanity co-sponsor a spring break service trip where students perform community service rather than head to the beaches or far-off, tropical locations.

Habitat for Humanity

In the past, students have gone to places such as:  Tahlequah, OK; El Paso, TX; Fayetteville, NC; Trenton, NJ; and San Jose, CA. The group has worked with service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Americorps, and Teach for America. Students who have participated in the past have commented that this has been one of the greatest, most enriching experiences of their lives.

If you are interested in participating in future service trips, contact the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth at 847-735-5210.

Foresters say…

“I decided to go on this trip because of the incredible opportunity we have as Lake Forest College students to directly help a family in need. Being able to work side-by-side with the future owner of the house is rewarding and eye opening.” — Lauren Sanford ’15, 2013 spring break service trip to Whalan, Minnesota.

“It was a spring break with a difference, as I got the opportunity to get to know my fellow Foresters while contributing my time to help build houses for the underprivileged.” — Craig Da Silva ’16, 2013 spring break service trip to Whalan, Minnesota.


  • Even though Lake Forest College unexpectedly experienced record-breaking temperatures during spring break, many students already made plans to head off campus. Students traveled down south, where warmer weather traditionally is found during March. 
  • Fourteen Lake Forest College students, accompanied by Gates Center Director Bill Dlugokienski and Program Director Liz Snider, will leave for Dade City, Florida on Saturday, March 10 for the annual Spring Break Service Trip.