October 8-11, 2016
College Bound from Birth: Early Childhood Education
90% of brain development occurs by age five. Child care programs have a major impact on school-readiness and student success. This group will team up with the Collaborative for Children to support quality child care programs in Houston, Texas. Volunteers will help build playgrounds, paint facilities, and engage in other projects to better these organizations.
Breaking the Domino Effect of Poverty: Housing, Education, and Nutrition
This trip will engage in direct service with three organizations right here in Dallas, Texas to learn about the complex issue of poverty. Specific volunteer activities and the non-profits with whom the group will serve are still being confirmed.
Helping Seniors Keep PACE with Everyday Life
This trip will look at the intersection of two highly under-served populations in our country, Native Americans and the elderly, by serving with Cherokee Elder Care. This organization in Tahlequah, Oklahoma goes about its work with a unique mission: to keep each person it serves in his or her home for the last years of his or her life. Participants on this site will have the opportunity to learn about the Cherokee Nation while hosting activities for the community that Cherokee Elder Care serves.
Lending a Hand to Little Hands: Fostering Hope in Foster Care
In Austin, the capital city of Texas, Alternative Breaks will partner with Helping Hand Home, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of kids who have suffered neglect, abandonment, and severe abuse. Participants will assist with homework and read to young students. There are also opportunities to engage in activities with the kids, such as arts and crafts, or game night.
House Rehab: Restoring Health to Homes
Students will work on critical home repairs and improvements for low-income homeowners in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to develop “a safe and healthy home for every person.” Tasks will likely include cleaning, painting, landscaping, and moving furniture and appliances.