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In mid-March 2020 we canceled our Alternative Spring Break trips in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first time we have canceled trips to that scale. Nationally, the world of Alternative Breaks was turned upside down. Now, we are working on rebuilding our program.

We have continued to adapt our program as only Alternative Breakers know how to do. In Spring 2021, we began offering “StayBreaks” for our students to take part in. StayBreaks provide an opportunity for students to volunteer locally over a weekend while being able to spend their evenings at home. Still issue-focused, still direct and meaningful service, but delivered in a way that ensures the safety and accessibility of our Breakers and those we are serving.

In Spring 2022, we have begun reintroducing weeklong volunteer trips back into our schedule. We will keep StayBreaks around, but we are excited to have our weeklong experiences going again!

We are so glad to be continuing our program’s mission of, “Creating a community of Active Citizens by empowering students to make a global impact through life-changing service opportunities.” We hope that as you reflect on your time in the program you will be greeted with many positive memories. We invite you to share your love for the experience you and your team had. While we have an abundance of historical documents, we are always excited to view the program through the eyes of those who have lived the trips firsthand! Please consider submitting photos, videos, or a personal letter. Your contributions mean the world to us. Thanks for celebrating this milestone with us!

Alternative Breaks Yearbook (2006 – 2020)

Locations & Community Partners (2006 – 2020)

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  • Give Kids the World
  • Habitat for Humanity – Americus, GA
  • Habitat for Humanity – Kiln, MS
  • Town Park Village
  • Give Kids the World
  • Cumberland Trail
  • Kingdom Builders
  • Habitat for Humanity – Bay St. Louis, MS
  • Challenge Enterprises
  • Give Kids the World
  • Cumberland Trail
  • Kingdom Builders
  • El Compprome
  • Baptist Collegiate Ministries & Alternative Break Program – Biloxi, MS
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Penn Center
  • GeeChee Kunda
  • Give Kids the World
  • A Place for Hope
  • Camp Kanuga
  • Ronald McDonald House – Little Rock, AR
  • Habitat for Humanity – Atlanta, GA
  • GeeChee Kunda
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Karazim Ministries
  • The Salvation Army
  • Give Kids the World
  • El Compprome
  • Karazim Ministries
  • Habitat for Humanity – Americus, GA
  • Moody Forest Natural Area
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Community Collaborations International
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Give Kids the World
  • Habitat for Humanity – Vero Beach, FL
  • Cumberland Trail Conference
  • Heifer Ranch
  • Habitat for Humanity – Birmingham, AL
  • Trails Forever
  • Presbyterian Social Ministries
  • Red Cross and Freeport YMCA
  • Habitat for Humanity – Jacksonville, FL
  • Immokalee Friendship House
  • YMCA Grand Bahama
  • Community Connections
  • Katrina’s Kids
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Washington Seminar Center
  • Cumberland Trail Conference
  • Everglades Hostel
  • Habitat for Humanity – Pensacola, FL
  • El Compprome
  • Nashville Rescue Mission
  • STOP AIDS Project
  • Freedom Foundation
  • Crossroads Group Home
  • Give Kids the World
  • Trails Forever
  • Volunteer in Jamaica Opportunity Network (VIJON)
  • Rebuilding Macon (3 Weekend Breaks)
  • YMCA Grand Bahama
  • Crossroads Group Home
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Christmas in Action
  • Camp Restore
  • Volunteers of America
  • Feeding South Florida
  • East Coast Migrant Head Start (2 Trips)
  • Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI)
  • Immokalee Friendship House
  • Asheville YMCA
  • Camp Summit
  • Community Collaborations
  • Freedom Foundation
  • Heifer Ranch
  • Service for Peace
  • Carolina Tiger Rescue
  • Give Kids the World
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Rebuilding Macon (2 Weekend Breaks)
  • Christmas in Action
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Feeding South Florida
  • Coral Restoration Foundation
  • Catholic Charities of Tennessee
  • Gullah GeeChee Nation
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans
  • YMCA Grand Bahama
  • Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI)
  • Camp Summit
  • Clyde E Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home
  • Gulf Islands National Park
  • Sow Much Good
  • Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI)
  • Horsecreek Wildlife Refuge
  • Service for Peace
  • Alternative House
  • Magnolia Springs
  • Give Kids the World
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Rebuilding Macon
  • Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI)
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans
  • Gullah GeeChee Nation
  • Serve901
  • Urban Ministry
  • Gulf Islands National Park
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Christmas in Action
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Give Kids the World
  • Beans and Rice
  • Hope House
  • YMCA Grand Bahama
  • Camp Summit
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI)
  • Rebuilding Together New Orleans
  • Sow Much Good
  • International Children’s Outreach, Inc
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans
  • Urban Ministry
  • Serve 901
  • Christmas In Action
  • Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI)
  • Sow Much Good
  • Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI)
  • Francis Beidler Forest
  • Reach Inc.
  • NOLA Tree Project
  • Harvest Farms
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Hope House
  • Beans & Rice
  • United Cerebral Palsy & Give Kids the World
  • Centro Arte Para la Paz
  • Rebuilding Macon (2 Weekend Breaks)
  • Georgia Regional Hospital
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans
  • Christmas In Action
  • Serve 901
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Heifer Ranch
  • Centro Arte Para la Paz
  • Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI)
  • Florida Trail Association
  • NOLA Tree Project
  • Serve 901
  • City of Refuge – Mission Hope
  • Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI)
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Give Kids the World & United Cerebral Palsy
  • Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Firestone Center
  • Service for Peace
  • Presbyterian Social Ministries
  • Francis Beidler Forest
  • Serve 901
  • Christmas in Action
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans
  • Mountaintop Removal Mining in Appalachia
  • Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation
  • Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI)
  • Partners in Action for Healthy Living
  • Reach Inc.
  • Asheville GreenWorks
  • NOLA Tree Project
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Glide
  • Serve 901
  • Francis Beidler Forest
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Hope House
  • Common Ground Relief
  • La Casa De Amistad
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore
  • Presbyterian Social Ministries
  • Ronald McDonald House – Pensacola, FL
  • Thrive D.C.
  • Serve901
  • Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition
  • Lynchburg Grows
  • Hospitality House
  • Open Hand Atlanta
  • The Food Bank
  • Ogeechee River Keeper
  • Re:Purpose Savannah
  • Code of Return
  • Park Place
  • Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia
  • Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center

Last updated: 4/25/2022