Alternative Fall Breaks Include Local Service Options

Students will build homes, interact with youth, clean nature trails, serve meals and revitalize inner city neighborhoods during fall break.

Alma College ranks among the top 10 schools nationally in the percentage of students who took part in alternative break service trips last year, according to Break Away, the national organization that supports the development of alternative break experiences.

A new year of alternative break opportunities launches Oct. 13-17, when many Alma students will spend time volunteering at locations throughout the State of Michigan during their fall term recess.

“We added more local and short term options to the fall alternative break this year so that more students could participate,” says Alternative Break Advisor Sallie Scheide. “This allows them to become active citizens in the community in which they spend their Alma College career.”

Alma College offers similar alternative break opportunities during their holiday (Dec. 15-22) and winter term (Feb. 25-Mar. 3) breaks. Unlike fall breakers, holiday and spring breakers have service options outside of Michigan.

Students may register online for specific Alternative Breaks.

Alma College Alternative Fall Breaks: Oct. 13-17, 2017

Multiple Day Options

Children with Special Needs—Fowler Center, Mayville (Oct. 13-15)
College students assist with a weekend camp for children with special needs. Students may work with campers during activities or aid in event preparation.

Urban Poverty—Firestone Center, Flint (Oct. 13-16)
Participants assist in a variety of activities, including mentoring inner city students, providing services to the structurally unemployed, revitalizing neighborhoods or building/repairing houses.

Various 3-5 Hour Sessions Throughout Break

Youth—Police Athletic League, Alma (Oct. 14)
Students assist at the Police Athletic League youth football games.

Environmental—Forest Hill Nature Area, Gratiot County (Oct. 14-17)
Volunteers remove invasive shrubs and work on trail maintenance at this local nature area.

Affordable Housing—Habitat for Humanity, Ann Arbor (Oct. 14)
Participants spend a full day on a Habitat for Humanity worksite. Tasks include painting, sanding and installing siding.

Affordable Housing—Habitat for Humanity, Gratiot/Isabella Counties (Oct. 14-16)
Volunteers help beautify and make safer the homes of local residents. Tasks include painting, home repair, porch/deck work, raking leaves and landscaping.

Senior Adults—Recycled Greeting Cards, Gratiot County Council on Aging (Oct. 14-17)
Volunteers help sort, trim and recycle greeting cards.

Youth—Girls on the Run, Central Michigan (Oct. 16)
Participants help assemble race packets in support of the organization that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles.

Hunger—Greater Lansing Food Bank, Lansing (Oct. 16-17)
The Greater Lansing Food Bank provides nutritious food for the community. Volunteers help in either the warehouse or garden.

Story published on October 02, 2017