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.  As a unique addition, for each trip we partner with volunteers from a corporation that often recruits S&T students, giving you the chance to network as you volunteer!

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

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Fall Semester 2018 Opportunity

Sustainable Food Systems in Kansas City- October 5-7, 2018

Program Information

When: Friday, October 5th @ 3pm through Sunday, October 7th @ 6pm

Where: Kansas City, 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, October 6th- Harvesters: The Community Food Network- We will be working to sort and repack donated food that will be distributed to people experiencing food insecurity, as well as participate in an educational session about hunger.

Sunday, October 7th- KC Community Gardens and The Giving Grove- We will be working at a Giving Grove orchard that is located at Niles Home for Children to help clear invasive trees and plants.The project will include some physical labor such as bending, carrying, etc.

Corporate Partner: Honeywell- This trip offers a unique opportunity to work alongside and network with employees and representatives from Honeywell.  Honeywell employees will be collaborating with us and joining us for one of our service projects.

Lodging: Jerusalem Farm- We will be staying in bunk beds and sharing a space with others at Jerusalem Farm.  Read more on their website.

Interested in participating?  REGISTER HERE BY SEPTEMBER 21ST

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

April 20-22, 2018- Poverty & Homelessness in St. Louis

PARTNERING WITH AMEREN

Community Partners and Service Projects:

Saturday, April 21- Mission: STL- Mission STL works to alleviate poverty and support members of its community.  We will likely be working with them to help with community development and projects might include tasks such as building a fence or deck, painting, working in community gardens, landscaping, etc.

Sunday, November 5th- Covenant House Missouri- Covenant House supports homeless youth ages 16-21.  They provide sanctuary and services, and we will likely be helping with their garden or fixing up the gym.

Corporate Partner: Ameren- This trip offers a unique opportunity to work alongside and network with employees and representatives from Ameren.  Ameren employees will be collaborating with us and joining us for our Sunday day of service with Covenant House.

Lodging: We will be staying at Mission: STL

Oct 6-8, 2017- Sustainable Food Systems in Kansas City

Over the weekend of October 6-8 a group of ten S&T students and faculty traveled to Kansas City to volunteer on issues of food sustainability. We partnered with Seven Oaks community garden, working along side employees from Honeywell to weed and mulch garden beds that grow various vegetables for people in the neighborhood. We then partnered with After the Harvest at an apple orchard where we gleaned apples to be distributed to people with little access to affordable and nutritious food. Through these volunteer experiences we learned about the effects a food desert has on a community and what can be done to combat these problems.

Community Partners and Service Projects:

Saturday, October 7th- Kansas City Community Gardens- we will be working with KC Community Gardens to harvest produce and clean out garden plots.  The project will run from 9am-3pm and will include hard physical labor, bending, carrying, etc. 

Sunday, October 8th- After the Harvest- We will be working in orchards to glean produce that has been left after main harvests.  By gleaning, organizations are able to gather food that was left behind or produce that's not top quality to donate to local food shelters and ensure communities have access to fresh foods.

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

Lodging: We will be staying at Jerusalem Farm.

April 21-23, 2017- Environmentalism & Sustainability in St. Louis

Alternative Weekend Break Information

Our team traveled to St. Louis to volunteer with Great Rivers Greenway, but rain thwarted our plans.  Since we could not spray the invasive plants in the rainy weather as planned, the team volunteered at a local animal shelter.  On Sunday, they partnered with Gateway Greening to work in two community gardens and get them ready for the summer.

Community Partners and Service Projects:

Saturday, April 22nd: 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 on Saturday.

Sunday, April 23rd: Gateway Greening- With Spring arriving, we will be collaborating with Gateway Greening to help prepare 2 community gardens for planting season.  This may include weeding, digging, planting, and mulching.

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 Rivers Greenway.

Nov. 4-6, 2016: 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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