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1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
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Fri: 7:30am - 4:00pm
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Travel, Learn and Serve During Your Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a highly immersive week of service projects, leadership-building and relationship-building. It gives college students the chance to make an impact on communities around the U.S. and learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the country. 

Break A Difference (B.A.D) is committed to the continual development of meaningful volunteer experiences and supporting our community partners in the work they do year round. Working with community partners such as United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other local non-profits B.A.D strives to create sustainable impact. We are committed to creating a safe space for self-exploration, team building and leadership development. Our special programming provides significant reflective opportunities that cultivate memorable experiences for each individual volunteer.

For more than seven years, United Way has provided students with an opportunity to give back during their spring break. Through unique collaborations between United Way and partners like Deloitte, MTV and Participant Media, hundreds of students were able to volunteer through life-changing United Way Alternative Spring Breaks in 2013. Since its inception, over 2,500 students have traded in their swim suits for tool belts and participated in Alternative Spring Break in dozens of communities across the country, contributing more than 77,000 hours of volunteer service.

For more information, visit: United Way ASB

Who can participate:

Responsible young adults age 18 or older can take part. You can sign up on your own or with a group of friends.


ASB trips range from $275-$395 and other cities may vary. Click on each location for more details. Note: transportation to/from the ASB location is not included.

The cost includes the following:
    ◦3 meals per day
    ◦Local transportation to/from service sites
    ◦Local transportation to/from local transportation hubs during arrival & departure
    ◦Project supplies
    ◦Team building & reflection activities
    ◦Excursions to nearby attractions

What types of service projects might I do?

Each ASB focuses on some of the issues most relevant to that community. Service projects range from building houses and maintaining shelters to promoting positive youth development and cultivating gardens. Click on each location for more information.

How to register:

United Way ASB Registration

Spring 2017 ASB Outline

For more information, please contact: 
United Way Alternative Spring Break
Charee L. Grover
Phone#: 202-400-2257 ext:706

Spring 2016 Trips

ASB Baltimore, MD    |  
Understanding poverty and increasing access to supportive services are the best means to reduce homelessness. Break’rs staff food banks, upgrade transitional housing facilities and help maintain shelters. Volunteers will get to spend some free time both in Baltimore and Washington, DC (30 mins away).


ASB Killeen-Fort Hood, TX    |   
The world’s largest military base is the core of this Central Texas community. Military service impacts families in unique ways. This ASB will focus not only on providing direct services to military-connected children, but also to increasing volunteers’ understanding of the challenges and benefits military service provides to families.


ASB Newark, NJ    |   
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and other philanthropists have dedicated millions of dollars to transform the educational experience for Newark youth. Break’rs provide enrichment services in after-school computer labs, arts & crafts, homework help and physical education programming. In addition, a trip to New York City allows everyone to get a taste of the Big Apple.


ASB New Orleans, LA    |  
Over the last decade, as New Orleans has rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, an array of initiatives have developed not only to replace what was lost, but to build some of the supports that didn’t exist prior. ASB participants may help with urban gardens, youth development programs and environmental projects that help families keep more of their earnings while also reducing their carbon footprint.


ASB New York City, NY    |   
Volunteers will assist at various agencies dedicated to preventing homelessness and reducing poverty. Moving beyond the standard tourist sections, Break’rs will explore a bit of what it takes to make ends meet in the nation’s largest city.


ASB San Francisco Bay Area, CA    |   
Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square, the Bay Area boasts a series of rich, diverse communities. Youth development activities led by Break’rs will enrich learning for youth. Side trips to the Pacific Coast and into San Francisco enhance this ASB.


ASB Tucson, AZ    | 
Six Boys & Girls Clubs serve the diverse populations that make up Tucson, including one on the Pascua Yaqui reservation. Break’rs will infuse enriched programming into each of these clubs to promote positive youth development. Hiking and visits to Tucson’s historic downtown further enhance volunteers’ experience.


ASB Washington, DC    |   
Homework help, arts & crafts programming and leading athletic activities are ways in which Break’rs take programming at after-school sites to the next level. Trips to the Capitol and national monuments build on the volunteer experience.



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"I love community service! It is very satisfying to give back to the community and to make a difference. It is not only rewarding but it opens the door to opportunity." 

- Grace Morales 2013 

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Phone#: (210) 486-4080