Alternative Spring Break
Since 2005, over 213 Wentworth students have participated in the Alternative Spring Break program (ASB) performing more than 9,520 hours of service and fundraising $106,000.
ASB brings students from different majors together to work on a community-based project in both Boston and communities elsewhere in the country. Students are hired for the duration of the academic year to plan and organize all trip logistics, and then recruit other students to help them carry out service in their selected destinations. During the 2014 spring break, student trips were organized to Houston, TX, Homestead, FL, and Boston, MA. In Houston, students worked with the Galveston Historical Society and the Houston Food Bank (the largest food bank in the US). In Florida, students took a more environmental focus and worked with Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, and the DuMond Conservancy. The Boston trip covered a whole spectrum of social issues during their week in Boston and visited many non-profits such as Cradles to Crayons, St. Francis House, Greater Boston Food Bank, and Community Servings.
The total cost of all three ASB trips this year comes to $36,000. Students will be responsible for raising this money through various fundraising efforts, pledge cards and outreach within their networks. If you would like to make a contribution to a particular trip or the Alternative Spring Break program at Wentworth in general, please designate your donation to the Alternative Spring Break program listed under 'student life and support' in the additional options menu. If you would like more information on how to donate, or where to send a check, please contact Courtney Wright.
What students will be working on during the 2015 Spring Break:
San Francisco, Calif.
- Assist Habitat for Humanity in building and restoring homes
- Participate in community planting with Friends of the Urban Forest
- Engage in ecological restoration practices with Save the Bay
- Help build a new youth center for the Brookview House
- Revitalize three playgrounds used by Horizons for Homeless Children
- Provide support for the soup kitchen at the Pine Street Inn