For those of you simply curious about what exactly Alternative Spring Break is and does, ASB is a trip which takes place during spring break in which a group of students dedicates time and energy to volunteer for a community in need.
Once again Alternative Spring Break is on a mission. This year we have chosen to travel to Joplin, Missouri to aid in relief work from the recent tornado on May 22, 2011. Emergency managers reported damage to 75% of Joplin. Nearly 7,000 houses were destroyed and over 850 others were damaged. The estimated damage is 3 billion dollars, making it one of the costliest tornados ever. The tornado ranks as one of Missouri's and the United States’ deadliest tornadoes killing159 people.
The organization we are working with this year is called Project 195 (http://www.project195.org/) . Project 195 works with all UN recognized countries in the world to promote sustainability is assist in relief work. The organization's mission statement is: "To promote and instruct so that all nations can do their part in stemming, abating, and reversing tragic events affecting the Earth and the those we share it with." The organization aims to work closely with volunteers to make volunteering as accessible and affordable as possible.
The trip leaders are so very excited about this project and are thrilled with the growing interest on campus. Applications for Chaperone position have been sent out to the entire faculty and student applications are currently available on Collegiate Link (https://framingham.collegiatelink.net/organization/alternative-spring-break/documentlibrary). We will be reviewing the applications in the next couple of weeks and soon we will have our amazing and motivated group of 26!
As always, please feel free to contact any of the trip leaders for more information!
Trip Leader 2012