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.

 Questions? Contact Jessica Haywood, Program Administrator for Volunteerism and Greek Life, at haywoodj@mst.edu

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Spring Semester Opportunity- April 21-23, 2017

Sustainability and Environmentalism in Saint Louis

Partnering with AT&T- REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Registration must be completed by Thursday, April 13th.  If accepted, payments are due by Friday, April 14th.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

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.

Alternative Weekend Break Information

When: Friday, April 21st @ 4pm until Sunday, April 23rd @ 4pm

Where: Saint Louis, Missouri

Program Cost: $25.00 a person, which includes transportation, 2 nights lodging, service experience, and all meals. This fee is non-refundable.

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: Great Rivers Greenway- we will be working with Great Rivers Greenway to remove invasive Honeysuckle at Rock Alva, which will help to restore a native floodplain habitat along the Meramac River.  We will also attend the Saint Louis Earth Day Festival Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, Nov 6th: Gateway Greening- With Spring arriving, we will be collaborating with Gateway Greening to help prepare 2 community gardens for planting.  This may include weeding, digging, planting, and mulching.

* Please note: these partners and projects are subject to change, but we will still be working to address the social issues of Environmentalism & Sustainability on this trip.

Corporate Partner: AT&T- This trip offers a unique opportunity to work alongside and network with employees and representatives from AT&T.  AT&T employees will be collaborating with us and joining us for our Saturday day of service with Great River Greenway.

Lodging: We will be staying at Urban Mission Inn, located in the Central West End.

Registration Process

The capacity for this program is 12 people.  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.

General Program Information

Non-refundable payment policy: Your payment is a sign of commitment to the Alternative Weekend Break Program and will not be refunded.  Exceptions to this policy include withdrawal from the institution, documented illness or injury that prevents a participant from traveling, or a documented family emergency.  All requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Program Administrator for Volunteerism and Greek Life prior to the scheduled trip departure.  Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-Trip Meting & Reflection:  We will hold at least one pre-trip meeting prior to departing on our trip.  The meeting will be scheduled after registration is completed.  We use this meeting to discuss community partners and projects, packing lists, meal pleans, and travel logistics. 

During our experience, the group will engage in reflection on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Reflection activities give the group a chance to process the experience and think deeply about the communities and social issues they are working to address while on the trip.

Lodging & Meals: We stay at affordable group lodging, at facilities such as the Urban Mission Inn.  This facility provides bunk beds, restrooms, and a kitchen for volunteer and mission groups.  We live humbly during our experiences, so participants should not expect luxurious accommodations.  Participants often need to bring their own bedding for a twin bed and towels.

The team cooks its own meals and packs sandwiches and snacks for Saturday and Sunday's lunches.  All lodging and food costs are included in the $25 participant fee.

Travel: We travel using rental vehicles from Enterprise.  All participants must travel to and from the trip location with the team.  All transportation costs are included in the $25 participant fee.

Spending Money: All programmatic costs, including transportation, food, lodging, and service experiences are included in the $25.00 participation fee.  However, there may be opportunities during the trip when participants will want to purchase food or souvenirs.  It is useful to bring $20-$30  of spending money to spend on things like travel snacks, ice cream outings, souvenirs or gifts.

Past Trips

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

Our team of volunteers traveled to St. Louis, MO to address the issues of hunger and homelessness.  We worked 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 included painting facilities and gathering and sorting donated food.  We also had a unique networking opportunity for our students to volunteer alongside employees from MYNAH Technologies on Saturday.

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 stayed Friday and Saturday nights at the Urban Mission Inn.  This facility provides bunk beds, restrooms, and a kitchen for volunteer and mission groups.  The team cooked its own meals and packed sandwiches and snacks for Saturday and Sunday's lunches.

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