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.

Cost:

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     
◦Housing     
◦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: cgrover@breakadifference.org
Phone#: 202-400-2257 ext:706

Spring 2020 Trips

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

Hurricane Harvey Rebuilding, TX    |    March 15, 2020 - March 21, 2020 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.

For more information on Hurricane Harvey Rebuilding TX, please visit: TEXAS ASB

Northern California, CA    |    March 8, 2020 - March 14, 2020 & March 15, 2020 - March 21, 2020 The 2018 Wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season ever recorded in California. California wildfires started from mid-July until November. Over the 4-5 months there were a total of 8,527 total wildfires, 1,893,913 acres burned, 3.5 billion dollars in damages, and 97 fatalities. The Mendocino Complex Fire was the largest recorded fire complex in California to date, and it burned in Mendocino, Lake, Colusa, and Glenn Counties. We will be serving communities within those counties.

Wildfire 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 work on a range of projects such as building concrete foundations, framing and insulating walls, installing doors and flooring, and painting. 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.

For more information on Wildfires in Northern California site, please visit: California ASB


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