Alternative Spring Break 2016
Atlanta, GA: March 20-26

Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to go to another community and give back during their Spring Break. Students do this by volunteering with different community agencies. Not only do students participate in community service, they also have the chance to explore the city and be a "tourist."

2016 Theme: Homelessness

This year's Alternative Spring Break will focus specifically on the issue of Homelessness in the United States. Students will be working with organizations in the Atlanta Metro area that work to support the homless community with resources, shelter, and education. To understand the impact of homeless in Atlanta, see the statisics from the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiecy:

  • Over 7,000 men, women, and chilldren are homeless in the metro Atlanta area.
  • 5,500 are in the city of Atlanta.
  • 41% are in emergency shelters.
  • 28% are living in transitional housing.
  • 31% are living on the streets.
  • 16% are members of a homeless family unit.
  • 21% are military veterans. 

Students will have the opportunity to work with local community organizations to learn more about the homeless community, as well as give their time and energy into supporting the efforts of these organizations.

Application Process:

Applications: Applications for Alternative Spring Break will be available October 1, 2016 on theLink. 

Deadline to apply: November 24th at 5pm.

Interviews: Interviews to attend the 2016 Alternative Spring Break trip will be the December 1-4 in the Student Services office. The Coordinator of Leadership & Service will schedule an interview time after the student application has been received. 

Cost: There is a $100 non-refundable deposit that accepted students must pay by December 15th. 

What have past participants had to say about spending their spring break volunteering?

" is a great experience that allows you to get to form new friendships with students that you probably wouldn't normally meet on campus, visit and experience a new city, and make a difference in a community."

"My favorite aspects of this trip to Nashville was getting to know the other students that went; I feel we all bonded really well and became friends. I also liked that we got to explore the city and have new experiences that we can't get in Arkansas. I also enjoyed getting the opportunity to help people in the Nashville community."

"The diversity of people we worked with...was very rewarding to get to serve so many different people and see a large city with different options."