In conjunction with NIU's Department of Sociology, HAB participants will have an opportunity to participate in the '20th Anniversary Habitat Reunion' during spring break of 2014. Spring Break 2014 marks twenty years of NIU's Sociology Department’s spring break service partnership with Pensacola, Florida's Habitat for Humanity.
This trip is great for adventure seekers! Campus Recreation's Outdoor Adventures is offereing students an opportunity to focus on environmental issues such as trail maintenace/clean-up along with an opportunity to participate in backpacking while on the trip! This trip has very limited space available (maximum of 12 participants), so early sign-up is strongly suggested. For more information, please visit Outdoor Adventures webpage here.
Join other college students from around the country in helping to keep our most precious and endangered resource clean. Students will traverse the Mississippi River both on foot and in boats while working with the Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) crew and other college students to remove debris (tires, appliances, barrels, etc.) that is polluting our rivers and impairing the habitat of indigenous fish, birds, and wildlife. Students will work with the crew Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost includes transportation, gear, lodging and some meals.
The Living Lands and Waters website describes that the organization is headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, Living Lands & Waters is a 501(c)(3) environmental organization that was established by Chad Pregracke in 1998. Since the organization was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world.
Their mission is to “aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds, to expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river, and to create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.” Check out last year's trip photos in this gallery.
This trip has very limited space available, so early sign-up is strongly suggested. For more information, please visit Outdoor Adventures webpage here.
Rebuild Joplin--Joplin, MO
Rebuild Joplin is a non-profit agency partnered with the St. Bernard Project to provide long-term recovery and rebuilding systems. We exist to ensure that Joplin’s residential recovery operates at optimal efficiency. Through directed and coordinated services, Rebuild Joplin ensures that tornado-impacted residents have access to affordable and safe housing, delivered through coordinated, efficient and ever-improving construction systems and partnerships.
Volunteers will literally help rebuild a family’s home. This may include hanging insulation or drywall, mudding, sanding, texturing, priming, painting, laying floors, and/or hanging trim, doors and baseboard.
Children and Youth
United Way of Northern New Jersey: Central Ward Boys and Girls Club--Newark, New Jersey
During spring break, hundreds of student volunteers from across the United States participate in United Way Alternative Spring Break. This unique volunteer opportunity presents college students with the means to help in their community and make a difference in the lives of local families. In 2013 student volunteers in northern New Jersey will help improve education opportunities for children in Newark.
Volunteers help make a difference for the children at the Central Ward Boys & Girls Club. Participants will work directly with children at the Boys & Girls club in the after-school program. Volunteers will act as tutors and mentors for local children who need it the most, and provide some building maintenance support to this outdated facility.