Volunteer Center

Fall Alternative Break (FAB)

Basic Information

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. 

Previous Experiences

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. 

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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, West Virgina!

                       2013 FAB 1             2013 FAB 2

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 day.

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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.

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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 cave!

Needless the say, the group was all stunned by the beauty of the scenery and the euphoria created by the sheer power of this land.

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