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Fall Break

October 10-13, 2015



Farm to Table: Sustainable Food Practices to Fight Hunger in America

Today, approximately one in six Americans struggles with hunger.  This trip will partner with a unique organization that addresses hunger issues of low-income, elderly, and persons with disabilities through various community gardening projects. The group will work on the farm and focus on sustainable agriculture, environmental responsibility, and world hunger issues.

House Rehab: Restoring Health to Homes

This group will partner with Rebuilding Together Kiamichi Country to work on critical home repairs and improvements for low-income homeowners. Rebuilding Together strives to develop “a safe and healthy home for every person.”

Lending a Hand to Little Hands: Fostering Hope in Foster Care

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, a karaoke party, or game night.

Empowering Women to Willpower

The Women’s Home, a safe, supportive, and drug-free community, helps women in crisis re-build their lives.  Students will get the opportunity to learn about a holistic approach to empowering women in six wellness areas: emotional, financial, physical, social, spiritual and vocational.  Service will be focused in all areas of the non-profit organization: the administration office, the Cottage Shop, and the residence.  The group will also get the opportunity to share a meal and fellowship together with the women.


Breaking the Domino Effect of Poverty: Housing, Education, and Nutrition

This trip will engage in direct service with three organizations to learn about the complex issue of poverty.  At Trinity River Mission, students will tutor kids and see how poverty relates to educational disparities and youth development.  The group will help bring fresh fruits, vegetables, and recipes to low-income families through Brighter Bites, while learning about healthy food access.  Finally, the group will help build a Habitat for Humanity house and will be exposed to housing issues.

Working Together to Ensure our Future

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.   Volunteers will help build playgrounds, paint facilities, and engage in other projects to better these organizations. 


Echoes of the Ecosystem: Environmental Restoration with the National Park Service 

Alternative Breaks is answering “A Call to Action.”  This adventurous team will travel to the fresh waters of the Big Cypress Swamp to serve the environment for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Clearing trails, preparing burn areas, and clearing invasive plants are among the many service activities that the group will engage in, while learning more about the importance of the environment and our national parks.

Holistic Recovery: From Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency

Founded in 1992, the mission of Ashby House is to empower families experiencing homelessness and individuals to improve self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, and holistic recovery.  This trip will serve the residents of this community and learn more about women and family issues as well as homelessness.