Alternative Spring Break


While some enjoyed a week off during spring break, a group of nine staff members and eighty-seven students volunteered their time to bettering the community.


As volunteers with the Alternative Spring Break program, organized through the Department of Student Life’s Civic Engagement Programs, these Zips impacted four states and nine non-profits during the week.  From March 24 thru March 26, the group dedicated nearly 2,200 community service hours and impacted a host of non-profits, communities, and lives.

Twenty-four volunteers in South Carolina enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity of Marion County – an area where 17% of the residents have a median income that is 50% below the national average.  These volunteers helped to finish new home construction and learned skills related to roofing, siding, installing windows, and using a variety of power tools and equipment.
In Georgia, forty-one members of the fraternity and sorority community helped to clean, paint, organize, landscape, and demo old cabin structures at Camp Twin Lakes.  Located in Winder, this non-profit offers camps for children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.
Twelve volunteers in Tennessee spent a busy three days working at the Grizzlies House, Mid-South Foodbank, Target House, Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The group worked directly with patient families to play games, create crafts, and help organize or clean facilities.
A group of nineteen volunteers spent the week learning about worldwide hunger and poverty issues in Virginia.  The group worked at FeedMore – a local food pantry, and Stop Hunger Now – an international relief organization which packages and ships meals worldwide.


An Alternative Spring Break Trip (ASB), held during the week of Spring Break, is designed to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through educational and volunteer focused opportunities. Alternative Spring Break Trips provide a variety of low cost, 3 or 5-day service experience. Teams of students ranging from 10-50 will be grouped together and assigned to a service opportunity that has been organized through Civic Engagement Programs

ASB participants will have the opportunity to give back to a community or agency in need outside of the Akron area. Students will interact with fellow UA students and together, will work to achieve the common goals and tasks of their assigned trip. Participants will experience a rewarding service opportunity that may take you out of your comfort zone, but we hope you will walk away from the trip with a renewed sense of UA community pride and commitment to volunteerism.


“Working Together, Inspiring Others”

March 23rd - 30th

Social Justice issues this year range from working with youth, to working with the environment, to animal rights, and many more. Don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement this year!

All Trips Cost $250.00 and include: food, lodging, transportation, and recreational activities!
 

Where Young Spirits Soar

Winder, GeorgiaThis is a fraternity and sorority life specific trip, where students will volunteer at Camp Twin Lakes. This is a camp for children with disabilities. Volunteer work will include camp repairs and preparations for the upcoming season.

Finding Cures, Saving Children

Memphis, TennesseeLearn about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its housing facilities! Volunteering will include cleaning, patient activities and gardening with St. Jude facilities.

Build Homes, Community, and Hope

Marion, South CarolinaVolunteer with Habitat for Humanity! Marion County is the poorest county in South Carolina, help build a home for a family in need.

Hunger Relief Starts Here

Richmond, VirginiaWork with Stop Hunger Now and FeedMore, which are initiatives for hunger relief. Take part in becoming a student ambassador to help end hunger. Volunteering will include meal packaging, working in a community kitchen and a food pantry.

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Alison Doehring
Assistant Director, Student Life
aer15@uakron.edu
330.972.7352

Heather Saling
Graduate Assistant, Civic Engagement
sugradasst12@uakron.edu
330.972.3923

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