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Welcome to Alternative Spring Break!

Do you want to make a difference?  Have you ever wanted to become more involved in volunteering, but never did because you never felt like you had the time or the opportunity to?  Do you want to meet new people and develop new skills? 

Well, Alternative Spring Break is the organization you have been looking for!  We are a student volunteer organization that strives to make a difference on our week-long spring break.  This organization gives any Oakland University student the opportunity to volunteer in year-long community events, as well as a week long alcohol and drug-free volunteer trip out-of-state.

Students have begun planning the spring break 2016 trips. 

Spring Break Trips 2015

Appalachia Service Project

23 students traveled to Brenton WV, to fix up a home for a couple with three young daughters.  They shoveled snow, did drywall work, installed insulation under the house, built a ramp, and built a deck.  The beautiful Appalachian Mountains gave students the chance to experience a completely different culture which included no cell phone service, making for a more immersive trip.  Their free day was spent at a flea market, bowling, and eating ice cream.   

Project Homecoming

15 students traveled to New Orleans to do Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.  They did a lot of painting, leveling, and cultural exploration. 


Charleston Garden Project/WINGS

21 students traveled to Charleston, SC to work with two different organizations.  Charleston Garden Project is an organizations that works with the youth to build urban gardens while teaching them about healthy living.  They also worked with WINGS, and organization that works with young children after school, teaching them important life skills such as independence and how to control emotions. 


Give Kids the World

15 students traveled to Give Kids the World, a resort and theme park for terminally-ill children and their families.  On this trip, in Kissimmee, FL, volunteers helped with a variety of things, such as serving food to families in the Gingerbread House or operating rides, such as the Carousel or Lori's Magical Flight. All of the attractions at the park are helped run by volunteers. Interacting with the families and seeing the children happy made the experience worth-while.

ASB trips include volunteering, food, housing, transportation, reflections, and sight seeing opportunities.  ASB looks great on a resume and is an awesome way to network with people of different majors and races.  There are leadership opportunities for those interested in being an executive board member.  E-board consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Site Leaders (main trip planners), Site Facilitators (help plan trip; are in charge of trip reflections and free day activities), Weekend Trip Coordinator, Seasons of Service Director, and Marketing Director.


Portal Information


Alternative Spring Break is a non-profit, student initiative-led organization that works on various community service projects around the country. Numerous trips take place during the month of February (OU Spring Break). Spring Break 2015 will offer service opportunities in 4 different locations.



President's Name

Vincenzo Julian

President's Email

Must be ""

Vice President's Name

Kellie Gossman

Vice President's Email

Must be ""

Treasurer's Name

Melissa McDonald

Treasurer's Email

Must be ""

Secretary's Name

Amanda Goerge

Secretary's Email

Must be ""

Advisor's Name

Emily De Lano

Advisor's Title

Examples- Dean of______, Assistant Director of_______, Professor of_____

Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning

Advisor's Email
Organization's email

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Meeting Time

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12:00 AM

Selection Process

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In order to join Alternative Spring Break on an overnight service trip, you must attend informational meetings. Applications will be available on grizzorgs at the beginning of the Fall Semester. Local volunteer projects are open to all OU students.

Facebook link

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