Alternative Spring Break Trips
Strengthening Ohio's Urban Communities (Youngstown, Ohio)
March 23-25, 2020
Participants will serve a variety of community partners in collaboration with the Ursuline Sisters, an organization doing significant community work right here in northeastern Ohio. Meet people from diverse cultures and assist in programs designed to support children, senior citizens, new citizens and immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Supporting the Unique Needs of Multi-Generational Communities (Detroit, Michigan)
March 22 – 27, 2020
Participants will work alongside Detroit’s Focus:HOPE, an organization dedicated to overcoming racism, poverty, and injustice in the community. The main service components will include preparing and serving meals to older populations, working with an afterschool program for local youth, and building connections with community members.
Cultivating a Community of Care for Foster Children (Atlanta, Georgia)
March 22 – 28, 2020
Participants will spend 6 nights and 7 days working alongside multiple foster organizations in the North Georgia area. Participants will spend most of the experience working with Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, a community for foster kids, to renovate living spaces and spend time with the residents. Participants will also learn about the issue of family separation from professionals from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and from Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Poverty & Policy (Washington, DC)
March 21 – 27, 2020
Immerse yourself and take advantage of the myriad of cultural destinations and excursions that DC has to offer! Explore systemic causes of homelessness and poverty as well as structural racism and social justice. Meet with your representatives on Capitol Hill and learn from non-profit organizations as well as government entities about the work being done to address issues of inequality.
Environmental Conservation (Lake Mead, Nevada)
March 22 – 28, 2020
Participants will spend 6 nights and 7 days working alongside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area staff on a variety of conservation projects. Participants will perform condition assessments, plant trees, and remove invasive plants along the Colorado River. Participants should be comfortable with tent-camping, limited access to showers, and should be physically able to hike several miles at a time.
Protecting and Comforting Former Research Animals (Hartville, Wyoming)
March 22 – 27, 2020
Participants will spend 5 nights and 6 days working alongside the staff at the Kindness Ranch to care for former research animals. The Kindness Ranch provides a sanctuary for animals who have previously been used in laboratory research. This trip will include education on animal rights as well as physical labor to make the ranch as comfortable as possible for the animals.
May 1970: Exploring the Complexities and Connections of Two Campus Tragedies (Jackson, Mississippi)
March 21 – 26, 2020
Kent State University is not the only institution that experienced a major tragedy in May of 1970. This trip will provide a historical and educational exploration of the May 4th shooting at Kent State University and the May 15th shooting at Jackson State University. Stopping first at Miami University in Ohio, participants will learn about the Freedom Summer training that took place in the summer of 1964 to increase black voter registration. Continuing to Jackson, Mississippi, participants will examine the dynamics leading up to the tragedy at Jackson State while also exploring physical sites integral to the American Civil Rights movement and celebrating African-American culture through visits to the Margaret Walker Center and the COFO Civil Rights Education Center.
Disaster Relief and Sustainability (Puerto Rico)
March 21 – 28, 2020
Participants will explore the rich history and culture of Puerto Rico, as well as learn about the present reality of disaster relief as a result of hurricane Maria. Volunteers will work together on environmental conservation and restoration projects, disaster preparation work, and disaster relief.