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Alternative Breaks: Another Season of Service

Four service trips during winter break will focus on the social issues of animal welfare, environmental stewardship, disaster relief and immigration/refugees.

<em>Students built doghouses and provided education about care for dogs in a rural setting during an Alternative Break trip to Kentucky.</em>Students built doghouses and provided education about care for dogs in a rural setting during an Alternative Break trip to Kentucky.

Students from Alma College will once again journey across the nation to serve others during their winter break from Feb. 26 to March 4.

Four Alternative Break service trips will focus on the social issues of animal welfare, environmental stewardship, disaster relief and immigration/refugees.

Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and Mammoth Cave National Park are locations that Alma College alternative breakers have visited previously and are returning to this year. Fremont junior Aeriel Stroven took part in the Horse Creek trip last year and is returning as a site leader this year.

“Alternative Breaks are a great way for students to meet new people with similar interests and continue volunteering in college,” says Stroven. “Due to the problem of overcrowding in dog shelters, and Horse Creek’s mission to find these dogs homes, the trip is both fun and very rewarding.”

Alma College ranked number one nationally in the percentage of students that participated in Alternative Break service trips last year, according to a survey by Break Away, the national organization that supports the development of alternative break experiences that inspire lifelong active citizenship.

Alma College Alternative Breaks: Feb. 26-March 4, 2017

Animal Welfare—Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Savannah, Tenn. (Feb. 26-March 3)
Volunteers will assist the organization in its work with domestic animals and the preservation of wildlife. Most duties are related to its work with dogs and property upkeep.

Environmental Stewardship—Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky. (Feb. 26-March 3)
Participants will aid park staff in maintenance of the trail and other projects necessary to the preparation for the spring season.

Disaster Relief—Community Collaborations, Greenwell Springs, La. (Feb. 26-March 3)
Various projects will allow volunteers to assist in areas affected by the severe flooding of August, 2016.

Immigration and Refugees—Explore Michigan’s Response, Detroit (Feb. 26-March 2)
Through learning and service, participants will explore Detroit’s response to immigrants and refugees. Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center is a major collaborator in these efforts.

Story published on February 16, 2017