Please note - students may only apply to one spring break service trip sponsored by Emmanuel - either ASB or Habitat for Humanity. For more information about Habitat for Humanity and their 2020 service site please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative Spring Break or ASB is a week-long, faith based service trip during the March spring break sponsored by Mission and Ministry. ASB educates for social justice through community service. Students and staff travel together, serve others, live in a communal setting and spend their evenings in prayer and reflection. Participants confront issues of hunger, homelessness, extreme poverty, food justice, environmental concerns, rebuilding following a disaster and immigration. ASB groups travel to Phoenix, AZ; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; and one group does service in the City of Boston for the week. The Boston trip will have a travel component in 2020 spending the first three days and two nights in western Massachusetts. Students interested in participating in ASB must apply and be accepted during the fall semester. Please see below for a more detailed description of each trip.
Application Timeline for Alternative Spring Break
- Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 15th by 12noon
- Students will receive an acceptance/non-acceptance e-mail by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019
- Students who are offered an ASB spot are asked to take time over the Thanksgiving break to consider the responsibilities of accepting an ASB spot. Students must commit to attending all ASB meetings before and after the trip. Students are then asked to notify Deirdre Bradley-Turner of their decision on Monday, December 2nd by 12noon
- Students who accept a spot on one of the four trips are required to turn-in a deposit of $100.00 for the traveling trips and $50 for the Boston trip by Monday, December 2nd by 12noon
- The total cost of the Phoenix, New Orleans and Houston trips is $400 (cost for traveling ASB trips may increase slightly pending the price of transportation) the Boston total cost is $150 (price increase reflects the 2020 travel component). Students can pay their remaining balance in full at the beginning of the spring semester or make two equal payments on February 9th and March 5th
- Mission and Ministry does not wish for cost to be a barrier for student participation. Therefore, ASB scholarships are available upon student request following acceptance into a trip
Important dates for all Alternative Spring Break Participants
There are five meetings, one day of service, and ASB Commissioning that are mandatory preparation events for all participants on the following dates:
- Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. - first full group meeting
- Sunday, January 26, 2020 Location & Time TBD - social gathering with individual group
- Saturday, February 1, 2020 approximately 8am - 1pm - MLK Jr. Day of Service and Reflection
- Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - second full group meeting focusing on reflection
- Sunday, February 23, 2020 Location & Time TBD - educational gathering with individual group
All participants are required to attend the Alternative Spring Break Commissioning on the following date:
Thursday, March 5th - ASB Commission in the Chapel at 12:15pm followed by final individual meetings
All participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to the Alternative Spring Break Presentation in March - date TBD
Focus on hunger, homelessness, extreme poverty and immigration
Andre House is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Priests and Brothers of Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame. Located in downtown Phoenix, Andre House serves the poor and homeless. Andre House offers basic services to poor and homeless people as well as educational and volunteer experiences for all those interested. Students spend the week with the Andre House staff doing office work, laundry, clothes sorting and distribution and food preparation and service.
Society of St. Vincent De Paul:
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Students spend the week performing several different tasks, including: food preparation and service, working in their special ministries program and inventory and containerizing in their food bank.
The group lives together for the week at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Focus on rebuilding following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina
SBP is an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill. With its innovative, vertically integrated construction system, SBP is poised to serve as a model for disaster rebuilding and affordable housing. With clients throughout the Greater New Orleans area, SBP reaches the communities most in need.
The group lives together for the week at Molly's House spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.
Boston, Massachusetts Goes West
The Boston trip will have a travel component in 2020 spending the first three days and two nights in western Massachusetts. The group will volunteer with various local organizations throughout the week, specifically analyzing food justice and access within the western part of the state and urban environment providing an opportunity to compare and contrast the experience.
Focus on food justice and access
Food Justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. The Boston Trip reflects this theme through the following goals:
- To learn about obstacles and solutions to food access in Boston and western Massachusetts
- To explore the food distribution system
- To think about specific food access challenges that affect urban and rural areas
- To think about how food justice impacts children
- To learn about and volunteer with different organizations that are working for food justice in a variety of ways
The group will stay at the Genesis Retreat Center in Westfield, MA and at the Notre Dame Campus for the week spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.
Focus on rebuilding following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey
SBP is an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by Hurricane Harvey. With its innovative, vertically integrated construction system, SBP is poised to serve as a model for disaster rebuilding and affordable housing. SBP reaches the communities most in need.
The group lives together for the week in an Airbnb spending time each evening praying and reflecting on their service experience.
ASB Application Questions
For an application to be considered, your responses must be entered and submitted through the online Qualtrics application.
Participant Questions: You may wish to draft responses to these questions before answering and submitting your applications.
1.) Why do you want to participate in ASB? What do you hope to get out of your ASB experience? What is your previous ASB experience or similar experience, if any?
2.) What do you think you can contribute to this experience as a participant? What special skills or experiences could you bring to your ASB team (e.g. language, first aid, music, etc.)?
3.) Considering all the issues addressed in each different type of ministry, please rank all the options according to your preference (options are: New Orleans: Louisiana, Phoenix: Arizona, Houston: Texas and Boston: Massachusetts). Please explain why these are your choices. Is there a site you would not feel comfortable serving at for the week and why?
4.) Help us get to know you better. Who are you? Please share something about yourself indicating that you would be a good candidate for ASB. Do you have any special needs that we should know about?
5.) All of your friends are planning to spend their spring break vacationing. They really want you to join them and ask you why you're giving up "fun in the sun" to work long days and help others. What will you say to them?
6.) How did you find out about ASB?
Email Deirdre Bradley-Turner at email@example.com with any questions.