Alternative Spring Break 2014

Project Info

Type Of Project: Service , Educational
Start Date: 02/24/2014
End Date: 03/31/2014
Target Population: Young, Adults , Adults , Older, Adults
Funding Agency: Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Total Funding: $3,000,00
Project Locations: Flint, MI
Principal Investigators: Jacob Blumner
Lead Institution: University of Michigan- Flint; Office of Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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To provide University of Michigan-Flint students with a volunteer service experience during Spring Break-March 3-7, 2014. For the first several years, UM-Flint students volunteered out of town for survivors of Hurricane Katrina and on other large cities in the US and Canada. Upon reflection, the student organizers and University Outreach staff discussed the fact that our own city has been through an economic disaster and there are many opportunities to help people in our own community. So the Alternative Spring Break was established with a volunteer board of students who each select a non-profit volunteer site. Students throughout the UM-Flint campus are eligible to volunteer. Monday through Thursday students volunteer in Flint and then Friday is a day of reflection and a tour to Detroit to see and understand how similar many of the challenges are that our cities are facing, and to have a little bit of fun.

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