Alternative Spring Break provides students with many opportunities to participate in fun community service events throughout the Boston area. For students wishing to serve communities further afield, we partner with Habitat for Humanity to offer travel opportunities.
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ASB: Simmons Builds travels within the United States during our spring break to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. For the past four years, the trip has been entirely student run and completely fundraised by students. To make the trip accessible, members make a small deposit and the rest of the expenses (ranging from $5,000-$10,000 in past years) are fundraised by the group. Twice, we have been awarded the Alumnae Association Centennial Grant.
The group is made up of undergraduate students who go through a three part application process. Past trip destinations include Harrisburg, PA, St. Petersburg, FL, Hattiesburg, MS and Pittsburgh, PA. In the past 4 years, we have done the demolition, tearing our floor and removing beams, for restorations, done interior and exterior framing, raised roofs, secured beams, insulated walls, installed windows, completed drainage, constructed porches, used power tools, and met and bonded with 5 familes in 4 communities.
Simmons Builds changes the students who go on the trip, the families we work with, and the Simmons Community we return to.
Provides students with many opportunities to participate in fun community service events throughout the Boston area. Each year, the theme varies for the Boston Immersion program. In 2013, students have focused on food justice, and the theme for 2014 will be Living Green in an Urban Setting, and will include speakers, community engagement, and site visits.
Graduate Alternative Spring Break Opportunities
Several community partners such as the Farragut School in Boston and the Harbour School in Dorchester offer alternative spring break opportunities in their Library programs. Previous Alternative Spring Breaks have placed students in the Mission Hill School Library where they spent time cataloging, cleaning, sorting, and repairing books over a period of three days. Working closely with library staff, these students made a tremendous long lasting impact at the Mission Hill School in a very short time.