In the past decade, more and more University of Maine students
have applied for the opportunity to experience Alternative Spring Break.
What started with 20 students and UMaine community members traveling to
South Carolina to spend a week repairing homes of low-income families
has grown to a contingent of more than 70 volunteers who this spring
will head out to seven locations nationwide and one international
destination. UMaine students contribute both time and some of their own
money to travel to such states as West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan,
Tennessee, New York and Louisiana to build houses for low-income
families, mentor at-risk youths, help organize an AIDS walk, participate
in an urban peace program, construct hiking trails, get involved in
environmental cleanup and assist the
Alternative Spring Break promotes service on local, regional, national
and international levels, immersing students in different cultures,
heightening social awareness and advocating lifelong social action.
The Alternative Spring Break Endowment Fund was established in the
University of Maine Foundation this year. Income from the fund
supports Alternative Spring Break functions and trips.
UMaine Today Magazine
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