Alternative Spring Break

Alt Spring Break

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 - $450 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.

How to register:

United Way ASB Registration

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

Spring 2019 Trips

(these are not NVC sponsored trips, but are endorsed by NVC).  

Hurricane Harvey Rebuilding, TX    |    Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005, coming ashore in Texas with sustained winds over 100 mph. The storm lingered over the Houston Metroplex, dumping more than 40 inches of rain that led to catastrophic flooding, property destruction and loss of life. Houston’s population density particularly in low lying neighborhoods led to damage that will take years to recover and rebuild. But as with Hurricane Katrina and SuperStorm Sandy, Break A Difference will be here for the long haul.

Hurricane recovery and rebuilding is some of the hardest work you’ll ever do, and perhaps the most important. Working closely with local partners, teams of Break’rs will be do demolition – tearing our water soaked sheetrock and insulation before mold takes over. We’ll be restoring homes, community centers and working with the social service agencies like food banks and soup kitchens that are helping residents while they recover and rebuild their lives.

New York City, NY    |    New York City is one of the greatest cities on the planet – a global center of business, finance, art and culture. It’s also home to almost 9 million people in the five boroughs alone. From the hipster scene in Brooklyn to the emerging arts scene in Newark, from the tourist filled sidewalks of Broadway to the quieter suburbs in the outer boroughs, Break’rs will get to sample the full range of the NewYork experience.

Amidst the great wealth of New York is also great poverty, and in partnership with Break A Difference’s non-profit partners, Break’rs will focus their week of service on helping those most vulnerable; assisting local food pantries with packaging and providing needed groceries; working with soup kitchens to provide hot meals to those experiencing homelessness; restoring and improving community parks and green spaces, and renovating facilities for children and young people.

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