Spring Alternative Service Break 2013
This upcoming Spring Break, the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action will be organizing 12 teams to service across the United States and the Pacific Northwest.
Spring ASBs are week long domestic service trips for which all students are eligible to apply. Students give their spring break to go into a community to serve, learn, and lead. Teams are typically composed of 10 students and one faculty/staff advisor.
Last Spring, the ASB program organized 12 trips with 120 students and 12 faculty/staff advisors to engage in service and hands-on learning. For the first time in program history, three trips served communities and populations within Idaho while the other nine trips were spread across the United States.
This Spring, 12 ASB teams will serve in six states during March 15-23, 2013. Teams will serve in the following locations:
Boise, Idaho— City Light Home for Women & Children (a service of the Boise Rescue Mission) was opened in 2000 in Boise, Idaho to serve the needs of members of an extremely vulnerable homeless community. City Light offers free meals, emergency shelter and other assistance to women and their children. Volunteers will be serving at the shelter working on projects that support the mission including remodeling, serving meals and assisting the staff. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the realities of hunger and homelessness, as well as having critical conversations around the causes and effects of domestic violence.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania— Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh works to offer no-cost home repairs to underrepresented groups as well as focusing on helping neighborhoods stabilize and grow. The Pittsburgh ASB team will be working on homes in the Homewood community in the East End of Pittsburgh. This predominately African American community has 28% of its homes vacant and has seen a steady decline in population and businesses. Students will be discussing issues around poverty, urban renewal, race, “white flight” and inequality.
Hammond, Louisiana— The team in Hammond will serve with the Fuller Center. The scope of the scope of service will include interior construction on a house being built for a single mother and her four children. The property, and much of Hammond, was damaged by Hurricane Isaac.
Jerome, Idaho—Jerome, an agricultural community in the Magic Valley of Southern Idaho, has a large population of migrant workers. The team in Jerome will be serving with organizations centered in community development and education. They will serve at an interfaith soup kitchen, work on construction projects at the homes of elderly community members, and speak with high school studentsabout making college accessible. The team will also learn about immigration.
Eugene, Oregon— The team in Eugene will work with The Nature Conservancy to restore naturalhabitat at preserves. Projects will include weed removal, fence removal, plant harvest from nurseries, and planting native seeds and plugs. Site locations include Coburg Ridge Preserve, WillametteConfluence, and Willow Creek.
Other Locations will be:
Spartanburg, South Carolina
San Diego, California
Two locations in Montana
More information on these sites will be provided soon.
Applications are due January 24, 2014. Apply Today at: