2013 Trip List

Please note: This trip list is not final, and sites are subject to change.

Service Tags:
Homelessness; Housing; Urban Engagement; Human Rights; LGBT; Women’s Rights; Gender Focus; Children; Youth; Animals; Environment; Hunger; HIV/AIDS Awareness; Public Health; Disabilities; Experiential Learning; Camping; Education; Community Development; Elders; Disaster Relief


Atlanta, GA: The International Rescue Committee (Van)

Tags: Human Rights, Education

Volunteers will work with refugee and immigrant populations in Atlanta.  Potential projects include tutoring young students, helping set up new apartments, and general support at the IRC office.

Atlanta, GA: Project Open Hand (Van)

Tags: Public Health, Hunger, HIV/AIDS Awareness

Volunteers will be working in the kitchen at Project Open Hand preparing food and packaging meals for those suffering from chronic illnesses, as well as driving delivery routes around Atlanta.

Baltimore, MD: Little Sisters of the Poor (Public Transit)

Tags: Elders, Housing, Community Development

Volunteers will provide care for residents of Little Sisters of the Poor, in social activities and group outings. Other projects include help with ongoing renovation and restoration projects for the facility.

Boston, MA: Multiple: Walnut Street Center, Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, ReVision Urban Farm, Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Anthony’s Franciscan Food Center, Spontaneous Celebrations, Crispus Attucks (Public Transit)

Tags: Disabilities, Children, Youth, Elders, Environment, Hunger, Community Development, Urban Engagement

Volunteers will get the opportunity to explore different service projects in the Boston area. Service sites include direct service and help volunteers learn about different populations and issues in their city.

Bronx, NY: Junior Achievement of New York (Public Transit)

Tags: Education, Children, Youth

Volunteers will be working with students in grades K-12 to teach them about financial responsibility, their community, and the importance of staying in school. Volunteers will do this through interactive games and leading hands-on activities.

Bronx, NY: Little Sisters of the Poor (Public Transit)

Tags: Elders, Housing, Community Development

Volunteers will provide care for residents of Little Sisters of the Poor, in social activities and group outings. Other projects include help with ongoing renovation and restoration projects for the facility.

Chicago, IL: PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) (Van)

Tags: Animals

Working alongside Chicago’s largest no-kill animal shelter, volunteers will be giving care and love to animals who are in the shelters waiting to be adopted. Responsibilities include walking, playing, grooming and feeding as well as helping with preparations for adoption fairs and other events.

Chicago, IL: Vital Bridges (Van)

Tags: HIV/AIDS Awareness, Public Health, Hunger

Addressing the needs of the HIV/AIDS –affected community in the Greater Chicago area, volunteers will help with food packaging and distribution to those in need of meal assistance and generally assist the Vital Bridges organization.

Crossville, TN: Cumberland Trail Conference (Van)

Tags: Environment, Experiential Learning

Volunteers will work with CTC to build part of a 300-mile long foot trail in rural TN. Participants will work with students from other schools, and share housing and dining facilities provided by this site. The project aims to preserve the historic Cumberland Plateau while making it accessible to all.

Cumberland Island, GA: Cumberland Island National Seashore (Camping, Van)

Tags: Environment

Volunteers will learn about the unique ecosystem of Cumberland Island while participating in variety of environmental activities including seashore cleanup, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and habitat restoration.

Des Moines, IA: Homeless and Runaway Street Outreach Center (Van)

Tags: Homelessness, Youth

Volunteers will assist in organization of events for youth that have left or been kicked out of their homes.  Volunteers will also work with other homeless services in the Des Moines area to round out their service during the week of ASB.

Detroit, MI: Ruth Ellis/Alternatives for Girls (Van)

Tags: LGBT, Gender Focus, Youth, Education

Volunteers will help to organize and coordinate events and advocate for the rights of those bullied at school because of their sexual orientation. Volunteers will work to connect various LGBT groups and give them a sense of empowerment in their community.

Flagstaff, AZ: Grand Canyon Trust (Flying, Camping)

Tags: Experiential Learning, Environment

Volunteers will be camping on a Native American Reservation at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.  They will be going out to different parts of the reservation throughout the week to perform upkeep and general maintenance.

Ft. Smith, AR: Habitat for Humanity (Van)

Tags: Housing

Volunteers will work with Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical Christian housing organization that works in partnership with people in-need to build and renovate affordable housing.

Greenville, SC: Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts (Van)

Tags: Children, Youth, Community Development, Urban Engagement, Education

Working with Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts, volunteers will provide a variety of services for under-resourced communities, including working with an afterschool program, painting homes for low-income residents.

Goshen, IN: LaCasa, Inc. (Van)

Tags: Housing, Community Development

Volunteers will aid the United Way organization that works in the community to provide affordable housing and other human services to Goshen families in need.

Harper’s Ferry, WV: Harper’s Ferry National Park (Van)

Tags: Environment

Volunteers will be working with park services on different environmental projects including mulching trails and trail maintenance, painting, washing windows, picking up litter and weeding gardens.

Hartford, CT: Hands On Hartford (Public Transit)

Tags: Urban Engagement, Community Development, Youth, Children, Elders, Disabiltiies, Gender Focus, Hunger, Homelessness

Volunteers will be doing direct service through different Hands On Hartford programs, which include outreach and community engagement. Volunteers will be working with a variety of populations in the Hartford area.

Hobe Sound, FL: Blowing Rocks Preserve (Camping, Van)

Tags: Environment

Working in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy, volunteers will help protect a variety of natural habitats including beach dune, coastal strand, mangrove wetlands, tropical hammock, and oak hammock.

Horse Cave, KY: American Cave Conservation (Van)

Tags: Environment, Experiential Learning

Volunteers will be working on cave rehabilitating and remediation, improving the quality of the cave environment, and removing garbage and litter from the waste drain. Volunteers will also aid in projects for those who are providing accommodation for the week of Spring Break.

Killeen, TX: Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children (Flying)

Tags: Children, Public Health, Disabilities
Volunteers will work at this camp to provide children with various illnesses the opportunity to participate in the great outdoors and enjoy nature. Past volunteers have participated in building an acclamation station for the children at the retreat.

Kincaid, WV: Southern Appalachian Labor School (Van)

Tags: Housing, Community Development, Urban Engagement

Volunteers will be working on affordable housing issues affecting West Virginia. Service will include rehabilitating homes, either major or minor construction as needed, and weatherization of homes for low-income families.

Lake Metroparks, Ohio: Lake Metroparks (Van)

Tags: Environment

Volunteers will be working on a number of different environmental projects for Lake Metroparks, depending on the weather during the week of Spring Break. It could be a lot of environmental clean-up and removal of invasive species or if it’s snowing working in the Wildlife Center.

Louisburg, NC: Terrell Lane Middle School (Van)

Tags: Children, Education, Youth

Volunteers will work with the staff at Terrell Lane to tutor middle school students in a variety of subjects, help coach after school sports, and create a mural for one of the school buildings.

Macon, GA: Rebuilding Macon (Van)

Tags: Housing, Disabilities, Elders, Youth, Community Development

Volunteers will work with Rebuilding Macon, an affordable housing program that builds homes for the elderly, people with disabilities, low income families and families with children.

Memphis, TN: Target House (Van)

Tags: Housing, Children, Youth, Public Health

Volunteers will work with Target House, which provides housing for patients and families with long term stays at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Work will include cleaning and organizing as well as recreational activities with the residents.

Missoula, MT: Montana Food Bank Network (Flying)

Tags: Hunger

Volunteers will be assisting in the distribution warehouse at the network and doing whatever tasks are needed.  They will also be volunteering with their partner organizations such as soup kitchens and food banks in the Missoula area.

Nashville, TN: United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee (Van)

Tags: Disabilities, Housing

Volunteers will work with UCP Nashville, an organization aiming to advance the citizenship and full independence of people with disabilities, to install wheelchair ramps on homes around the city.

Natchez, MS: Natchez Children’s Home (Van)

Tags: Children, Education

Volunteers will help at the Natchez Children’s Home, a center that provides a safe environment for abused and neglected children, by participating in activities such as cleaning, play therapy with the children, reading to children and being read to by children.

New Orleans, LA: Louisiana SPCA (Van)

Tags: Animals, Environment, Disaster Relief

Volunteers will aid the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an organization created and dedicated to the rescue and aid of abandoned and homeless animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Omaha, NE: Rebuilding Together (Van)

Tags: Housing, Disabilities, Elders, Youth, Community Development

Volunteers will work with Rebuilding Together, an affordable housing program that builds homes for the elderly, people with disabilities, and low-income families with children.

Orland, ME: H.O.M.E. (Homeworkers Organized for More Employment) (Van)

Tags: Housing, Homelessness, Hunger, Community Development

The organization’s motto is “first serve those who suffer most.” Volunteers will be doing the service that is needed most in the community- everything from building affordable housing, to working in soup kitchens and food banks.

Philadelphia, PA: Philabundance/Bethesda Project (Public Transit)

Tags: Hunger, Homelessness

Volunteers will aid employees in the warehouse as well as in the preparation and delivery of fresh produce to be delivered to marginalized people throughout Philadelphia.  Volunteers will also help pack food parcels that will assist those who need it.

Pittsburgh, PA: Gwen’s Girls, Inc./F.U.S.E. (Van)

Tags: Youth, Women’s Rights, Education, Urban Engagement, Gender Focus

Volunteers will work with two youth organizations in the Pittsburgh area. The first focuses on female empowerment and strengthening self confidence in young girls. The second targets literacy and self confidence in high school age students from urban areas.

Reading, PA: Berks County Conservancy (Van)

Tags: Urban Engagement, Environment, Community Development

Volunteers will work with Berks County Conservancy to help rebuild and renovate the town of Reading. Work will include beautification of local parks and gardens, as well as other urban renewal projects.

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Iniciativa Comunitaria (Flying)

Tags: HIV/AIDS Awareness, Public Health, Gender Focus, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights

Volunteers will be working with this umbrella organization in Puerto Rico helping to educate the San Juan community on the importance of safe living habits. Volunteers will also be working with many aspects of the organization such as HIV/AIDS awareness, homelessness and housing, drug awareness, and gender issues.

Springfield, MO: Champion Athletes of the Ozarks (Van)

Tags: Disabilities, Youth, Children

Volunteers will be assisting this organization, which allows children and adults with disabilities to participate in sports competition and new opportunities that usually are not accessible for them, while teaching self-confidence and social skills.

Stone Mountain, GA: Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (Van)

Tags: Disabilities, Housing

Working with FODAC, volunteers will help build wheelchair ramps for people with disabilities, rebuild wheelchairs, and work on assisted living home modifications.

Washington, D.C.: Food and Friends/Capital Area Food Bank (Public Transit)

Tags: HIV/AIDS Awareness, Hunger, Public Health

Volunteers will prepare, package and deliver meals and groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area, which has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the country.


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