2017-2018 FLORIDA ALTERNATIVE BREAKS TRIPS
Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) offers the opportunity to do service in a location outside of Gainesville while learning about a particular issue in-depth and creating lasting friendships with your fellow trip members. Although participation in a FAB trip is very rewarding, it also requires commitment and dedication from all involved. Read the FAQ section to learn about expectations and responsibilities for FAB participants.
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Refugee resettlement- TRIP FULL. TRIP REGISTERATION CLOSED.
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Health and rehab - 9 SPOTS LEFT
A.G Rhodes Health Care Center
A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab provides expert and compassionate rehabilitation therapy and residential care to seniors in metro Atlanta. Resident’s physical, social and psychological well-being is their chief concern. Students will begin their service at the Wesley Woods location for the first two days, and end in the Atlanta location. Volunteer activities include but not limited to resident visitations, activities (BINGO, art, games), and music therapy class support. Trip registration will close on Tuesday, November 21.
ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION - 6 SPOTS LEFT
St. Marks, FL
Florida Trail Association
The Florida Trail contains many gaps, and is not permanently protected from urban encroachment, loss of access, and illegal use. Participants will conduct trail maintenance on part of the trail. Basic trail maintenance using hand tools provided by the Florida Trail Association. Students will hike the trail at the end of the trip and see all the work they have accomplished. Trip Registeration will close on Wednesday, December 6.
FARMWORKERS’ RIGHTS - 4 SPOTS LEFT
Farm Worker’s Association of Florida, Hope Community Center
Hope Community Center is a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through Education, Advocacy and Spiritual Growth. Students will work in the field and get to know the community to establish a connection. Students will become allies of support with the community and learn the policies and programs that have been established to protect them.
HIV/AIDS -12 Spots left
Hope House's mission is to improve the quality of life for HIV-affected individuals and their families by providing high quality early childhood education and social services. As a volunteer you will engage with the students in the classroom helping the teacher facilitate activities and do beautification and maintenance work around the facility.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE - 9 SPOTS LEFT
180 Degree Farms
180 Degree Farms is a nonprofit and 100% volunteer-based ministry dedicated to provide organically grown food to those who are sick or impoverished in their community. Their main focus is on those dealing with cancer. They send 300 lbs of free organic food per week which helps ease the financial burden. As a volunteer, you will be able to prepare the fields for the spring and pack dry goods for those in need.
FOOD SECURITY - 10 SPOTS LEFT
Second Harvest Food Bank & Hands On Nashville
One of the largest food banks and distribution centers nationwide. It was designed to collect food that would otherwise be wasted, inspect and sort the food, and distribute the food to soup kitchens and neighboring shelters to serve those in Middle Tennessee experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers will spend their days working with the wonderful staff of Second Harvest Food Bank where they will pack, sort and organize literally tons of donated food meant for soup kitchens and residents of underserved communities.
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES - 12 SPOTS LEFT
Camp Boggy Creek
Camp Boggy Creek was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, with one simple premise in mind, that every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp. With unobtrusive expert medical care, it was their dream that Camp would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance. Since 1996, Camp Boggy Creek has made it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically-sound environment. Located just a short drive from Orlando, Florida, the 232-acre camp serves children ages 7-16 who’ve been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - 11 SPOTS LEFT
Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Alabama
The SEC Compact is an Alternative Break partnership between five Southeastern Conference schools in which each school will send one trip to the same service site. Help build or renovate houses for those who need housing assistance and also get to know the community you are giving back to!
Poverty & Homelessness - 10 spots left
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly seeks to provide an environment where people of all ages and backgrounds may participate in a variety of learning experiences. One way we facilitate this is through our civic engagement program. We foster partnerships with direct service providers in our area to ensure that participants have the opportunity for hands-on service and relationship-building in the community.
Our program is unique because we understand that civic engagement is about more than service. That’s why we strive to provide all service learning groups with an opportunity to participate in our outdoor challenge courses and team development activities. Participation in these activities means your team, as well as the community, is stronger because of your efforts!
Our leaders serve the local community in many different capacities. The program emphasizes assistance for:
- Environmental stewardship
- Food insecurity and provision
- Crisis services
- Service with the elderly and marginalized
- Veterans’ services
Mental health weekend trip (october 27-28) - TRIP REgistration closed
The Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs, Inc. (ACORN) Clinic is a nationally recognized program that provides low-cost medical, dental and social services care to residents of north central Florida.
veteran's affairs weekend trip (November 11-12) -TRip registration closed
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (VAMC) is one of two VAMCs in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. The Malcom Randall VAMC provides a full range of comprehensive health care, including: primary care, specialty care, tertiary care, and long term care. The group will be doing service from 9 am - 5 pm on both November 11& 12.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND TRIP (January 13-14) - 8 SPOTS LEFT
City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs and Porter's Community Center
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department's vision is to be seen as the keepers and hosts of the places where nature, recreation and culture meet, offering memorable experiences for all. With the mission to provide and maintain the natural, recreational and cultural facilities and programs that make Gainesville a great place to live, work and visit; and that help sustain the City economically, socially and environmentally. Our goal is to make each experience in our parks and facilities as enjoyable as possible so that visitors will come back again and again. The times of service will be from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Janaury 13-14. Trip Registeration will close on Wednesday, December 6.
State park weekend trip (januARY 13 from 8 am - 3 pm) - 2 spots left
Fort White, FL
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U. S. Department of the Interior. The group will be removing aquatic invasive plants to help improve the overall health of the natural resource. Trip Registerationw ill close on Wednesday, December 6.
Women's empowerment weekend trip (January 27-28) - TRIP Full. Trip registeration closed.
Alachua County chapter of Days for Girls International
Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education. The group will be doing service from 10 am - 5 pm on both January 27 & 28.
Community development weekend trip (April 7 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm) - 7 spots left
Alachua County Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1986, Alachua Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization with our own 501(c)3 designation. We are the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Although we work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, Alachua Habitat for Humanity is an independent organization led by a local board of directors to coordinate all aspects of our work, including fundraising and program oversight. Our service area is Alachua County, which includes the cities of Alachua, Archer, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, Micanopy, Waldo, and all rural areas within the County limits.