Community Service

Why HAB?

"I joined HAB because I wanted to get involved on campus and meet new people. I had no idea HAB would leave such a lasting impression. Through HAB I’ve been inspired to volunteer in my community, made lasting friendships, strived to be a better, more considerate individual, and discovered a passion for service. I wish I had known about Huskie Alternative Breaks earlier in my college career."

Anna Cosenza - Participant - Spring 2014, Site Leader - Spring 2015

"I chose to do HAB because every Spring and Winter Break, I always do the same thing: Go home and just sleep so I thought to myself, “Why not go somewhere and give back to the community?” During winter break, me and five other NIU students went to St. Louis to volunteer at a women's shelter called Our Lady's Inn. We helped organize donations, watched over the children, and even prepared dinner for the Christmas party. While there, we got to see and learn about how the shelter operates on a day-to-day basis. As a parting gift, the shelter gave us tickets to the City Museum. Talk about FUN!

During Spring Break, I went to Argyle, TX to volunteer at Camp Summit, a camp for children and adults with disabilities. I helped campers enjoy their camping experience by helping them with activities, play games, and just got to know the campers on a personal level. I danced the night away with the campers at the dance, got the ULTIMATE spa treatment by getting my nails painted a beautiful blue, and a camper sang a song to me in front of the whole camp at their Talent Show. It was such an amazing experience that when the campers left, I cried my eyes out because I didn't realize that I had gotten so close to them in only a week. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about those campers and how much joy I brought to their lives.

I encourage everyone to do HAB because it will not only change your life, but it will also show you the importance of giving back to the community and helping others. I wish I would have known about HAB back when I came in as a freshmen because I probably would have went on almost every trip. Sure you can go somewhere and party the week away but do something different and GIVE BACK!"

Sireze "Rezie" Booker - Participant - Winter 2014, Spring 2015

"Participating in Huskie Alternative Breaks has been one of my most meaningful experiences at NIU. Sure, it is a great way to network, make friends, and help others, but what is really the amazing part is its ability to shed light on real social issues. People assume that to participate in social change you need to host huge protests or campaigns, but there are other meaningful ways to accomplish this.We can do it by educating other people on the problem. We can do it by sharing our own experiences. HAB is a great reminder of this."

Julia Metz - Participant - Spring 2013, Site Leader - Spring 2014, 2015

"When I applied to be a part of ASB 2010, I had no idea what to expect. I can’t say I wouldn’t enjoy spending spring break with my toes in the sand, but at the same time, getting my hands dirty was just as appealing. I knew no one going into the program, but my desire for philanthropy and traveling was enough to withstand the apprehension. Looking back, the experience changed my life. I not only got to travel to a destination I had yet to visit, (Atlanta, GA) but I made connections with like-minded college students that I will cherish forever. I had the privilege of donating my time in many different areas of the community, and saw first-hand the impact of our service. What was most challenging was seeing how much work was still to be done. Regardless, as Gandhi once said, it is important to be the change you want to see in the world. I encourage anyone with a drive for change and humanity to get involved with the Alternative Spring Break program. You will find your selflessness is incredibly rewarding!"
--Rebecca Welker '11, ASB participant '10, ASB Site Leader '11

"Alternative Spring Break was an opportunity for me to enhance not only my collegiate experience, but an opportunity to grow as a young adult in today's society. I wanted to experience something I have never come close to taking part in, and I figured what better way than to travel down to the southern tip of Florida with 20 students I hardly know! I wanted to have a fun and unique spring break, and the typical college student trip was not appealing to me.  I love to do my part by giving back one way or another, and I decided that this year my part was to attend ASB and to do whatever was asked of me.

"I gained more than I could have ever imagined out of this week.  I not only built relationships and friendships with people that I never would have met in a million years, but I learned how important it is to keep our environment clean and how just one person can make a difference.  While it might not be entirely noticeable at the moment, I also know I gained more responsibility and I can without a doubt say I matured a tad bit while having some of the most fun I have ever had.

"Every single student should consider taking part in ASB at least for one spring break while they are still in college.  It is an amazing chance to travel somewhere you never thought you would, and in ways everyone needs to experience at least once in their life.  (FUN BUS!) It is reasonably priced, and you not only benefit others the entire week and make a difference in many people's lives, a positive difference is made in your life whether you realize it right away or not.  Looking back on this past March, I cannot help but smile every time I think of the one of the best times I  will ever have."
--Adam White '11, ASB participant '10