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2016 Projects

El Paso, TX: You're in for a life-changing experience on the U.S., Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. On this ASB, you'll help build homes for families with the Lower Valley Housing Corporation while learning about the culture and history of this unique and vibrant community. El Paso, with its friendly, welcoming people, is ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States, yet also is home to some of the poorest ZIP codes in the country. In addition to building houses alongside the families that will be living in those homes, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the borderland and the transformative work being done by local agencies in El Paso. Participants will visit Fort Bliss military base, discuss strategies to fight poverty while touring a local homeless shelter, sample authentic Mexican cuisine, volunteer at the local food bank, and much more. The program fee covers participants meals, lodging and transportation once they arrive in El Paso. Ground transportation will be provided to and from the airport. Registration will open on Nov. 9. Contact asb@unitedway.org with questions. Cost: TBD

They've lit a fire in me and there's no telling where this is going to go from here.

Williamson County, TN—March 20-24: Work with subsidized housing complexes to ensure residents have access to sustainable, renewable and healthy food. ASB participants will stay at Camp Marymount in rural Williamson County and will help United Way establish a community garden in the town of Fairview. As a team, you'll work with UT Extension Service and local farmers on the overall garden plans, build raised beds, till the soil and other tasks as weather allows. We’ll also be partnering with the local Boys & Girls Club to teach a proven curriculum “The Great Food Race.” The $300 fee per student covers your lodging, food and materials for the week. It does not include travel to and from Nashville. Ground transportation is provided to and from the Nashville airport and bus terminal. Registration now open. Contact asb@unitedway.org with questions. Cost: $300. Reserve your spot here.


We didn't give up Spring Break. We took advantage of it.

Partner Projects with Break A Difference Listed Below:

Registration is now open for all 2016 Break A Difference Alternative Spring Breaks. Break A Difference works with United Way to create ASBs across the country. Dates vary per location, but most locations are available for all four weeks of March. Cost: $395 per participant. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here. Questions? Looking for options for yourself or a group? Contact asb@breakadifference.org. *NOTE: Each participant is responsible for their own travel to and from ASB cities (i.e. airplane, train, bus, driving, etc)* 

The $395 cost includes the following:

  • 3 Meals per day
  • Housing
  • Local transportation to and from service sites
  • Local transportation to and from local transportation hubs during arrival & departure
  • Project supplies
  • Team building & reflection activities
  • Excursions to nearby attractions

Baltimore, MD: Understanding poverty and increasing access to supportive services are the best means to reduce homelessness. ASB participants will staff food banks, upgrade transitional housing facilities and help maintain shelters. You'll get to spend some free time both in Baltimore and Washington, DC. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

Washington, DC: Help with homework, create arts and crafts programs and lead athletic activities at after-school sites. You’ll also get a chance to visit the Capitol and national monuments. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

New York City, NY: Help out at various agencies dedicated to preventing homelessness and reducing poverty. Get out of New York’s touristy areas and explore a bit of what it takes to make ends meet in the nation’s largest city. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

Newark, NJ: Help provide enrichment services in after-school computer labs, arts and crafts, homework help and physical education programming. You’ll also get a taste of the Big Apple with a trip to New York City. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

Jersey Shore, NJ: More than two years after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, hundreds of families are still displaced. Led by trained site supervisors, ASB participants will perform basic construction such as hanging drywall, insulating and painting homes to help families return home. You’ll also get a taste of the Big Apple with a ferry ride to New York City. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

New Orleans, LA: Over the last decade, as New Orleans has rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, an array of initiatives have developed not only to replace what was lost, but to build some of the supports that didn’t exist before. ASB participants may help with urban gardens, youth development programs and environmental projects that help families keep more of their earnings while also reducing their carbon footprint. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

Killeen/Fort Hood, TX: The world’s largest military base is the core of this Central Texas community. Military service impacts families in unique ways. This ASB will focus not only on providing direct services to military-connected children, but also to increasing volunteers’ understanding of the challenges and benefits military service provides to families. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

Tucson, AZ: Six Boys and Girls Clubs serve the diverse populations that make up Tucson, including one on the Pascua Yaqui reservation. ASB participants will infuse enriched programming into each of these clubs to promote positive youth development. You’ll also get the chance to hike and visit Tucson’s historic downtown. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.

San Francisco, CA: Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square, the Bay Area boasts a series of rich, diverse communities. Help enrich learning for kids by leading youth development activities. You’ll also get the chance to venture to the Pacific Coast and into San Francisco. Make a $50 deposit today and reserve your spot here.