Fall Alternative Break (FAB)
Fall Alternative Break (FAB) is an annual service trip where
students travel to a given location in the United States to
assist in various ways. Each year, the location and the project
conducted are changed, but the basic premise behind the trip is
provide a week of service to a community in need. Stay tuned for
news on the 2015 FAB trip.
In 2014 the Fall Al ternative Break Team went to Jonestown, VA.
They worked with the issue of affordable housing, working on the
construction related projects.
2013 marked a big year for Fall Alternative Break. Thirty Butler
University students traveled to Mullens, West Virginia to work with
the Rural Appalachian Improvement League and the Mullens
Opportunity Center. While there, students worked together with the
community members of Mullens to build a brand new park! The
students were able to build friendships and relationships not only
with one another, but also with the community of Mullens. They
celebrated the community with a talent show and jamboree.
As if that wasn't enough, students enjoyed their free day of the
trip by participating in a white water rafting trip in Lansing,
In 2012 the Fall Alternative Break team went to Hazard, KY and
worked with the Housing Development Alliance. The team did mainly
construction work, siding houses, building a wheelchair ramp, and
raising a wall. The group also went tree climbing on their free
2011's trip trekked to Pipestem, WV and worked with Appalachian
South Folklife Center. The group spent time painting a house for a
local family and cleaning up around the Folklife Center. The group
also enjoyed the beauty of the land by taking a hike and watching
the sunsets. They also were privileged to be present for a local
music festival hosted by the center, where they were welcomed by
the local artists and enjoyed some real mountain music.
The 2010 trip went to Maryville, Tenessee where they became one
with nature through their work with a group known as Once Upon a
Time in Appalachia. As a group, they jumped into discussion of the
Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and environmental issues in
Appalachia. Throughout the week they visited the Sequoyah Museum,
volunteered in the Snowbird Cherokee Community, hiked in the Great
Smokey Mountains National Park, and even explored the tunnels of a
Needless the say, the group was all stunned by the beauty of the
scenery and the euphoria created by the sheer power of this