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Alternative Spring Break

Trade your beach towel for a tool belt this spring break. Take part in United Way’s Alternative Spring Break and work with other students to improve communities around the nation.

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Since ASB began in 2006, we’ve had

3,500students participate

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

112,000hours of volunteer service completed

“We didn’t give up our spring break. We took advantage of it.”

2015 Projects

  • El Paso, TX — March 8-14: Work with the Lower Valley Housing Corporation to help build homes for low-income El Paso families. El Paso, with its friendly, welcoming people, is ranked as the safest city in the United States, yet also is home to some of the poorest ZIP codes in the country with many families living in sub-standard housing conditions. In addition to building houses, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the borderland through guided tours, agency visits, and volunteer opportunities. Cost: $250.
  • Biloxi, MS — March 21-28: In previous years, groups have built Habitat for Humanity houses, worked with students at local Boys and Girls Clubs, cleaned up and beautified the grounds of a local children’s museum, and painted the interior of the local Salvation Army. This year's activities have yet to be determined. Cost: $250.
  • Williamson County, TN — March 16-20: Focus on youth and community development. While staying in rural Williamson County, you could spend mornings building houses and afternoons tutoring local youth. Groud transportation provided to and from the Nashville airport and bus terminal. Cost: $300.

PARTNER PROJECTS WITH BREAK A DIFFERENCE LISTED BELOW

In all Break a Difference programs, participants have a choice of the following weeks: March 1-7; March 8-14; March 15-21; or March 22-28. Cost: $395 per participant. Have a group? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Reserve your spot here.

  • Baltimore, MD: Focus on issues of homelessness and food insecurity. This could include working in food banks, community gardens or homeless shelters. Participants will be housed in Washington, DC and will share housing as well as culture and recreational experiences with DC participants. Participants may also have the opportunity to visit Washington, DC during the program.
  • Washington, DC: Focus on youth development, which could include tutoring or after-school programs. Participants will share housing as well as culture and recreational experiences with Baltimore participants and may have the opportunity to visit Baltimore during the program.
  • Newark, NJ: Focus on youth development, which could include tutoring or after-school programs. Participants will share housing as well as cultural and recreational experiences with New York City and may have the opportunity to visit New York City during the program.
  • New York City, NY: Projects to be determined. Participants will be housed in Newark share housing as well as culture and recreational experiences with Newark participants.
  • Jersey Shore, NJ: Focus on Hurricane Sandy disaster relief through construction and clean-up.
  • San Francisco, CA: Focus on youth development, which could include tutoring or after-school programs.
  • San Diego, CA: Projects to be determined.
  • North Central Texas: Focus on youth development, which could include tutoring, after-school programs or serving military families and veterans.
  • New Orleans, LA: Focus on disaster relief and environmental issues. This could include working in parks, trail-building or beautification.
  • Puerto Rico: Projects to be determined.
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL: Focus on youth development, which could include tutoring or after-school programs.
  • Tucson, AZ: Focus on youth development, which could include tutoring or after-school programs.