Volunteer Center

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

Basic Information

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) was founded in 2005. While some students spend hundreds of dollars on exotic spring break trips, other spend their break doing a service project. ASB allows participants to do important community service work, grow as people, and reflect on their experiences. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email the president of this organization, Giana Bender at gbender@butler.edu

Mission Statement

Alternative Spring Break empowers members to become active citizens through education, direct service, and reflection.

Past Experiences

In 2014, the group travelled to Brigantine, NJ to work with The Fuller Center for Housing Sandy Relief with families effected by Hurricane Sandy that swept through the city in 2012. Partnering with the  Atlantic County Revive and the Fuller Center the students worked with masons to lay a new foundation for a home. Additionally, they gutted a home to prepare it for renovation for victims. The team took a free day in Philadelphia, PA for a double decker bus tour of the city. They also had the opportunity to visit Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City where the owners provided the students with a free meal for all of their hard work and a stroll on the boardwalk. The group formed a strong bond with the two families they were able to help. 

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2013 brought the group to Biloxi, Mississippi. The team worked on multiple projects including crafting oyster bags from chicken wire and later in the week filling the bags which will be placed in the gulf to reduce erosion. The students also cut trails at a local state park and aided in tornado relief by cleaning up a local church hit in February 2013. In their spare time the group saw the worlds largest rocking chair, spent time at Biloxi Beach, and made their own fun hanging out at the camp site.

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In 2012 the group travelled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to work with an agency known as Community Collaborations International in disaster relief. They worked with the Red Cross creating disaster relief bags, on sites of destroyed homes cleaning up debris, and fixed up some other local organizations affected by the tornado that swept through the city in April of 2011. The team also took a free day at NASA's Space Camp and had a blast.

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In 2011, ASB teamed up with Community Collaborations International in Niceville, Florida. Participants spent the week working on various environmental projects to restore eroding shore lines by creating natural barriers with oysters and emergent sea grasses. The group also helped serve needs of the local community by helping with the general upkeep of a state park, museum, and the 4-H camp they stayed at for the week.

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In 2010, the group set out to help in the Big Apple (New York, NY) with the Youth Service Opportunities Project to help fight hunger and homelessness.  The week involved various service projects such as working at shelters, soup kitchens, schools, food and clothing banks and other direct-service institutions in New York City.

In 2009, ASB revisited the Cumberland Trail in Soddy Daisy, TN.  They spent the week working an a difficult portion of the trail moving large rocks, creating cribbage walls, and learning how to put a maddox and firerake to good use.  Their efforts helped conserve natural resources which have historical and cultural heritage to the area.

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In 2008, students traveled to Crossville, TN to help create paths in the Cumberland Trail. They also cleaned out a cave and waterfall in the area. The trip culminated with a 6-mile clean-up hike through a path that was devastated by a tornado. 

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In 2007, students traveled to New Iberia, LA to help with Hurricane Rita relief efforts. Students worked with the Southern Mutual Help Association to help families in rural New Iberia with recovery efforts from Rita. The students demolished, painted, and worked on framing for a house.

In 2006, ASB traveled to Pass Christian, MS to help with Hurricane Katrina relief. Students helped with debris clean-up and landscaping, and they worked in the distribution center at God's Katrina Kitchen, a central hub of the hurricane relief effort. Participants also received a tour of the gulf coast area six months after Katrina hit.

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In 2005, the group traveled to Atlanta, GA where they worked at an animal shelter, helped out at a food bank, and spent time with students from a local elementary school.