Alternative Spring Breaks will run from March 16-23, 2014.
The application is due online by 11:59 pm on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2013.
The mission of the Women’s Intercultural Center is to be a place for women to learn and work together to develop their personal, spiritual, economic and political potential. Volunteers will teach classes, lead workshops, design programs, create social activities, work on buildings and grounds, help design a social media outreach plan, and much more! Proficiency in Spanish is helpful, but not required.
Amicus is a not-for-profit organization with over 44 years of experience in improving public safety by helping inmates and ex-offenders through positive relationship-building, restorative justice practices and individualized transition services. Volunteers will work one-on-one with clients, tour facilities, assemble “coming home” kits, and attend support groups.
People Working Cooperatively is a unique non-profit serving low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners. PWC strengthens communities by providing professional, critical home repairs, weatherization, modification, and maintenance services to help residents stay safely in their homes. Students will help with the building projects.
The Urban Ecology Center is an organization that fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change. Their Environmental Community Centers provide protection and preservation of natural environments in the urban community of Milwaukee, and also provide educational programs for youth that revolve around environmental responsibility. Volunteers will assist with environmental education, equipment upkeep, and land stewardship projects.
Playworks is a national non-profit organization that promotes the health and well-being of children through unique recess-reformation programs. The organization sends coaches to low-income and at-risk areas of the U.S. to turn recess into a time for kids to play, belong, and contribute to the game. When recess is a healthy part of the school day, parents and teachers notice decreased bullying, better academic performance, and fewer disciplinary incidents for the students. Volunteers with Playworks will coach kids, leading games and activities to encourage positive life enhancement through play.
Kerrville State Hospital is one of ten mental health facilities in the Texas Department of State Health Services system and provides care for adults with major mental illnesses who need the safety, structure and resources of an inpatient setting. The hospital operates 202 beds for individuals hospitalized on a forensic commitment. Volunteers will work with patients – possibly doing special events and workshops for them, and work on site projects.
Teach for America is a non-profit organization who strives to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting highly motivated college graduates and professionals to teach in low-income communities. Only 8% of children growing up in low-income communities graduate from college (postsecondary.org), and TFA teachers aim to close this educational gap. Volunteers with Teach for America will have the opportunity to assist first and second year teachers in the classroom and get hands-on experience working with students.
The goal of Alzheimer’s Day Services is to give caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders a break from 24/7 care of their loved one. ADS provides a resource of community-based support for families that can prevent or delay the need for institutionalized care. They provide participants with a safe, supportive, and stimulating atmosphere. Volunteers will interact with and work to improve the quality of life for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, and they will also receive specific training and education about the diseases..
826 Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educational issues, particularly in supporting kids with their creative and writing skills. Volunteers might help with after-school tutoring and interact with students, as well as assisting the organization in its outreach efforts.
The goal of the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition is to eradicate homelessness with respect for the dignity and diversity of the homeless and the community. Their education and service programs portray a more accurate and holistic picture of homelessness in Cincinnati, and aim to overturn the stereotypes and fear that are commonly related to homelessness. Volunteers will dedicate their time towards serving the Cincinnati community homeless shelters and strive to create solutions for the homeless.
While at Zion National Park in Utah, volunteers will be part of the effort to conserve the park and surrounding area. Some of the projects volunteers will participate in include removing invasive plant species, stopping trail erosion, and building cactus farms. Volunteers have the opportunity to camp inside the park during their work week.
Riding On Angels’ Wings‘ mission is to enrich the quality of life for individuals with special needs using equine assisted activities and therapy. Volunteers will horse lead, side-walk, and provide general care to the horses.
One Colorado is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. This organization lobbies the General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services. Volunteers will work on grassroots fundraising, public education projects, and advocacy for LGBTQ rights.