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2014 Alternative Spring Break

ASB help cant wait

Above: You can help students who will be in Washington, D.C., during the UIS Alternative Spring Break working through Youth Services Opportunity Project to meet needs in soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

Where Your Gift Will Help

This year, 25 students and two chaperones will be traveling to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, March 16, 2014. They will return on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

What Your Gift Will Achieve

Hundreds of Washington, D.C., residents depend on shelters and soup kitchens during times of crisis. Each day of UIS’ week-long Alternative Spring Break, the 25 UIS students and two chaperones will be working in teams of three or four to provide services at local organizations such as the following:

  • Capital Area Food Bank – Food organization, prep, serving
  • DC Central Kitchen – Food organization, prep, serving
  • Food and Friends – Meal prep for housebound individuals
  • Martha’s Table – Food organization, prep, serving
  • Oasis Senior Center – work with homeless and low income seniors
  • Seabury at Home First – Senior care at individual homes
  • SOME (Dining Room)- Food organization, prep, serving
  • SOME Property Management – Low income housing related services
  • Thrive DC – Food organization, prep, serving

Conservatively, the ASB 2014 will have an impact on 500-1,000 individuals through the course of the week, with a total of 1,080 hours of service provided.

Students who go will also benefit, and often in a life-changing way. Your gift will contribute to their wider, deeper understanding of poverty, assistance programs, and the human dignity that well-designed programs can preserve.

How Your Gift Will Be Used

The students will be working through the Youth Services Opportunities Project (YSOP), which has been a leader in providing service experiences for youth. For each participant, the cost will be $138, which will cover food, materials, local transportation, and opportunities for the students to interact and reflect with local community leaders and academics at the end of each work day.

You Can Make a Difference

When you support the Alternative Spring Break initiative, you can know how your gift will be used, the students who will benefit, and see and hear about the impact they have had. The students give up their week off to do this work. They also give up the opportunity to earn money during the break (many work hard to pay for college expenses). Our goal is to earn $263 per participant. Please make a gift today!