Alternative Breaks places teams of students in communities across the nation to engage in direct service and experiential learning during traditional school breaks.
Students work alongside community members, performing short-term service projects and learning about such issues as poverty, racism, homelessness and the environment. Past trips have ranged from hurricane relief work in New Orleans to delivering hot meals to AIDS patients in New York City.
2015 Alternative Spring Break Sites
Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition (Atlanta, GA)
Focus: Community Health
The Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc. is a community-based prevention and wellness organization committed to improving health and well-being in partnership with marginalized individuals and communities. AHRC provides education and tiered risk reduction programs to empower adults in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use, HIV, STDs, hepatitis and other infectious and communicable diseases. Volunteers will be assisting with street outreach, helping open, run, and close the AHRC Outreach House; organizing and helping participants in the Clothing Closet, serving snacks, beverages, and meals, making outreach supplies, distributing flyers and brochures, cleaning and organizing the AHRC House and yard, working in the AHRC Community Gardens, and assisting with other administrative duties of the House.
Creative Center for Non-Violence (Washington D.C.)
Focus: Public Health in Southern Appalachia
CCNV’s mission is to ensure that the rights of the homeless and poor are not infringed upon and that every person has access to life’s basic essentials – food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. CCNV is also committed to protecting the rights of the homeless, advocating on behalf of the underserved, and preparing homeless men and women to re-enter into mainstream society as skilled and productive citizens. Participants attending this trip are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in an extended volunteer program, providing all manner of services with various organizations to the Washington DC homeless and needy.
For more information about Alternative Breaks contact the Office of Community Service Programs at email@example.com