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ASUI Center for Volunteerism and Social Action
Commons 301
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2535
Moscow, ID 83844-2535 
Phone: (208) 885-9442
Fax: (208) 885-6944
volunteer@uidaho.edu

Alternative Service Break at the University of Idaho

Spring ASB

Our Community, Our Connection

Spring ASBs are week long domestic service trips for which all students are eligible to apply. Students give their time during spring break to go to a community to serve, learn, and lead. Teams are composed of 9 students and one faculty/staff advisor.  The experience cost $150 for undergraduate students and ~$250 for graduate students (cost varies by trip), which includes travel, food, housing, and incredible human connections.

Spring 2015 is going to be full of new and exciting changes, so stay tuned in to the world of ASB. This year our focus is to continue building the phenomenal community that is the Northwestern United States; our community, our connection. Specifics about service and locations will be posted by the end of January, so stay tuned to find out where a spring break with the Volunteer Center could take you!


There will be no application for Spring 2015 ASB! That's right! No more pesky application questions, no more waiting; we want participants to take ownership of their service! This year we are doing a Spring ASB registration tabling fair on FEBRUARY, 2ND from 8 - 9 PM in the Vandal Ballroom (note: this is not the International Ballroom but right across the hall). This is going to be run as a first come first served event where participants are able to reserve a trip spot that night. Each service location will have a table with its student leader and faculty/staff advisor informing students about the location and the service to be done. Participants will be able to place their $50 deposit to reserve their spot on the trip.

To sign up for a trip AFTER February, 2nd, if spaces are still available, registration forms will be available in the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action (Idaho Commons, room 301).  This will allow students to see each trip, read a blurb about the service, the number of spots available, and pay the $50 deposit. Once a trip is full it will close and participates will no longer be able to sign up.

What to bring on February, 2nd:

  • $50 check or cash deposit (make checks out to "BURSAR, UI")
  • State issued photo ID
  • Your smile :)
Are you interested in being a Student Leader or Faculty Advisor? Follow the links and apply by January 15th!

Spring ASB Trips
Restoring Land and Life for Future Generations
Where?
Cathlamet, WA
Who are we working with?
Students will work with the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer was established for the conservation and management of Columbian White-tailed Deer and their habitat, and also provides diverse habitat that benefits a large variety of wintering and migratory birds, Roosevelt elk, river otter, reptiles and amphibians, and nesting bald eagles, great horned owls and osprey.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
Volunteers are essential for completing various tasks on the Refuge. Removing invasive species, pulling down tree lot fencing, planting trees, etc. are all activities that require large groups of people and directly benefit endangered species through habitat improvement.
What will you learn through this service experience?
The student group will have the opportunity to learn about the management of a National Wildlife Refuge and conservation of migratory and endangered species. There may be an opportunity for the group to observe the capture of a Columbian White-tailed Deer and to learn about the intricacies of wildlife capture. Refuge staff will be available to give first-hand accounts of varying Refuge jobs and educational opportunities.
Where will you sleep?
In yurts!

Enhancing Native Ecosystem and Recreation
Where?
Eugene, OR
Who are we working with?
Students will work with the Friends of Budford Park and Mt. Pisgah.  Founded in 1989, the mission of Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah is to protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
The Friends attribute much of our success in protecting and enhancing native habitat and compatible recreation in the greater Mt. Pisgah area to our amazing volunteers. Each year, hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours and create a lasting impact. The Friends believe people and nature need each other. We’re a self-funded non-profit of 1,000+ members and volunteers investing our time, talent, and money so people and nature can thrive together in the greater Mt. Pisgah area (almost 5,000 acres). University of Idaho volunteers will: build and maintain trails; grow native plants in our nursery; clear invasive weeds and carry out other related tasks as needed. We have fewer than 10 people on our staff and simply could not care for the area without volunteers.
What will you learn through this service experience?
Volunteers will learn various aspects of trail building and maintenance, growing native plants, and habitat restoration. They will likely be working alongside professional botanists, hydrologists, and horticulturalists, from whom they can learn a great deal throughout the work day. They will be working in a beautiful site, connecting with nature as they work.
Where will you sleep?
Camping!

Building Trails to Enhance Sustainability 
Where?
Tillamook, OR
Who are we working with?
Students will work with the Oregon Department of Forestry in the Tillamook District.  The mission of the Oregon Department of Forestry is to serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
Hosting 10 U of I volunteers will support out mission by protecting and maintaining trails important to our communities and user groups. This work will enhance environmental stewardship and mitigate impacts from use, weather, and erosion. Being good stewards of the forest means protecting and managing the trails.
What will you learn through this service experience?
A U of I group will learn the proper trail maintenance techniques including managing water in a temperate rainforest through grade reversals, out sloping, installation of rock fords, trail brushing, slough removal, and trail bench construction. Group would learn about the dynamic environment of Oregon's coastal forests and the flora and fauna that depend on these forests. Group would learn about how a working forest is managed to provide revenue to local counties and school districts, habitat for a wide range of species, and a full range of recreation opportunities for the public.
Where will you sleep?
Camping!

Restoring Faith, Hope, and Family 
Where?
Boise, ID
Who are we working with?
Student will be working with the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries.  Since 1958, Boise Rescue Mission Ministries has been restoring faith, hope and family across the Treasure Valley.  Today, they serve the homeless and addicted of Boise, Nampa and surrounding areas from five unique locations in Ada and Canyon counties.
At Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, they see homelessness in its entirety.  For Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, taking care of homeless men, women and children isn’t simply about addressing physical needs – food, shelter, clothing – it’s just as much about addressing mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
Boise Rescue Mission Ministries reaches out to the community by providing food, shelter, clothing and opportunities to recover from homelessness for men, women and children in need.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
U of I has brought students down to serve the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries every year for the past several years. They are happy to have them help with whatever needs they have.
What will you learn through this service experience?
Volunteers will learn about homelessness, addiction, and community engagement.
Where will you sleep?
Hostel

Building Homes, Community, and Hope
Where?
Idaho Falls, ID
Who are we working with?
Students will serve with the Habitat for Humanity of the Idaho Falls Area.  This organization seeks to put God’s love into action.  Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
Volunteers support their mission by helping to build homes and raising awareness of the need for affordable housing.
What will you learn through this service experience?
The University of Idaho group will learn about the need for affordable housing both in southern Idaho and throughout the world. By working side-by-side with Habitat families, participant's will come to understand what a difference it makes to these families to actually be able to afford a home of their own. They will also see that there are many different reasons families are struggling financially.  Since Habitat families must perform many hours of sweat equity to be able to purchase a home, the families may be low income, but they are also hardworking and deserving.
Where will you sleep?
In the Habitat for Humanity building

Preparing Students for the Future
Where?
Ririe, ID
Who are we working with?
Students will serve with the Ririe Schol District #252.  The mission of Ririe School District #252, in partnership with the community, is to prepare students for the future enabling every student to gain knowledge and skills, to develop confidence, to value lifelong learning, and to become responsible, contributing members of our changing world.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
Volunteers will help to provide more resources to accomplish the mission.
What will you learn through this service experience?
Volunteers will learn about maintaining a high work ethic while serving alongside a diverse group of people.
Where will you sleep?
The group will stay together at a community member’s home.

Developing a Self-Sustaining Lifestyle
Where?
Lenore, ID
Who are we working with?
Students will work with Ascending Gardens Farm.  Life Change Learning Center, Inc. (The non-profit program of Ascending Gardens Farm) is a program designed for the purpose of improving or developing the capabilities of individuals to be able to provide food and other living necessities for themselves, that is, be self-sustaining by growing, harvesting, preserving and cooking vegetables, grain and fruits; utilizing animals and animal products for food, and the care thereof; and constructing basic shelter for themselves and all animals in their care. All plants are grown without chemicals, and utilizing PermaCulture, BioDynamic Agriculture, Synergistic Gardening (planting on mounds), and other proven organic methods. Available for those students who are interested, is personal Adult Transformative Learning in relation to living in community. All aspects of learning will be designed for the individual student.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
They will provide the critically needed labor to complete projects essential for the gardening projects required this year for the success of this new experiential educational program. Most of the students in this program are here for short periods of time, and thus these major projects do not get completed. It is important to build a diversified curriculum for each student based on their learning requirements. All of the projects listed for this ASB are essential to be able to organize the gardening process according to the researched methods of the organic methods listed above. They will also have the opportunity to learn about animal care: goats (Cashmere goats, & Nigerian dwarf dairy goats-not milked), llamas, alpacas, chickens, ducks, a horse, & guardian dogs.
What will you learn through this service experience?
They can learn building construction methods utilized on a "homestead" to meet minimal requirements by framing and covering a greenhouse with plastic; and an already framed structure with fiberglass panels. They can learn about the various organic gardening methods, and what we have learned to be successful according to the context of the seasonal requirements of this particular temperate climate. They will learn about a unique watering system found to be successful for watering by gravity on synergistically planted mounds by building such a system. They will be rototilling and weeding a small pasture, and, as time allows helping with maintenance and repair tasks in the animal yards. They will learn crowded community living in a one-room cabin with minimal cooking conditions, and working together on new projects with strangers. The owners of Ascending Gardens Farm are a retired psychotherapist and a behavioral economist, so have some expertise in assisting people deal with the unknown.
Where will you sleep?
A cabin!

Lending a Hand, Not a Hand Out
Where?
Jackson, WY
Who are we working with?
Students will work with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area.  Their mission is to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
These volunteers would give us additional capacity to get our home finished on time here in Jackson. We need volunteer work to build our homes in a cost effective and timely manner.
What will you learn through this service experience?
They can learn about our mission and the details of our program. Specifically, Habitat is a hand up not a hand out. We require 500 hours of sweat equity, 12 home buyer education classes and a $1,500 down payment from all of our partner families before they buy their home from us with 0% interest 30 year mortgage. These facts just scratch the surface of how our program works here in Teton County, WY.
Where will you sleep?
Habitat for Humanity facility

Conserving the Land and Water
Where?
Lima, MT
Who are we working with?
Students will be working with The Natural Conservancy of Montana.  The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
How will serving support the community partner’s mission?
Restoring streams and rivers by re-establishing willows benefits fish, birds, and human communities.
What will you learn through this service experience?
River processes and ecology, historic land use patterns, and strategies for improving water quality.
Where will you sleep?
In a bunkhouse!