Alternative Weekend Breaks

Alternative Weekend Breaks

Sponsored by the Corporate Development Council

Alternative Weekend Breaks are a new initiative that are aspiring to get S&T students civically engaged in communities throughout Missouri.  This program will take groups of students to cities within Missouri for a weekend of volunteering in the community and learning about social issues.  Alternative Weekend Break trips will leave Rolla on Friday afternoon, engage in service and reflection all day Saturday and half of Sunday, and return to Rolla Sunday afternoon.


Check back soon for Spring Semester Trip Dates!


Questions? Contact Jessica Haywood, Program Administrator for Volunteerism and Greek Life, at





Past Trips

Nov. 4th-6th: Hunger and Homelessness in St. Louis

Alternative Weekend Breaks give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in service for a weekend and learn about a social issue facing Missouri's communities.  During this experience, we will travel as a group to Saint Louis, get to know our team, do service on Saturday and Sunday morning, and reflect on the work we are doing and impact we are having on our state.

Our team of volunteers will be traveling to St. Louis, MO to address the issues of hunger and homelessness.  We will be working with Gateway 180, an organization that works to combat homelessness, as well as Food Outreach, which works to provide food to low income families living with HIV/AIDS and Cancer.  Our service projects will include painting facilities and gathering and sorting donated food.  We will also have a unique networking opportunity for our students, as we volunteer alongside employees from MYNAH Technologies on Saturday.

Alternative Weekend Break Information

When: Friday, November 4th @ 4pm until Sunday, November 6th @ 4pm

Where: Saint Louis, Missouri

Program Cost: $25.00 a person, which includes transportation, 2 nights lodging, service experience, and all meals.

Pre-Trip Meetings: The team will meet at least once prior to departure to meet each other as well as discuss logistics and projects.  All participants are expected to attend.

Community Partners and Service Projects:

Saturday, Nov 5th: Gateway 180- we will be working with Gateway 180 to paint and fix up their facility so they can best serve the residents that utilize their homeless shelter.

Sunday, Nov 6th: Food Outreach- we will be helping with a cycling/food event called Cranksgiving by collecting and organizing food and helping out with the event.  The donated food will go towards supporting Food Outreach's mission of providing food assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and Cancer.

Corporate Partner: MYNAH Technologies- This trip offers a unique opportunity to work alongside and network with employees and representatives from MYNAH Technologies.  MYNAH employees will be collaborating with us and joining us for our Saturday day of service with Gateway180.


Lodging & Meals:We will be staying Friday and Saturday nights at the Urban Mission Inn.  This facility provides bunk beds, restrooms, and a kitchen for volunteer and mission groups.  Participants will need to bring their own bedding for a twin bed and towels. The team will cooks its own meals and pack sandwiches and snacks for Saturday and Sunday's lunches.

Registration Process

We will fill our trips on a first-come, first-served basis.  Until the cap is met, all applications received will be accepted to participate unless a student has outstanding disciplinary issues with the university.  Applications received after the trip is full may be placed on a waiting list and will be notified if a participant drops out.