Jan. 9, 2020
Contact: Sheena Rice, 573-882-8353, ricesm@missouri.edu

COLUMBIA, Mo. – More than 350 University of Missouri students will be spending part of their winter break in warmer climates, but they won’t be on vacation. Instead, they will be participating in volunteer service projects with Mizzou Alternative Breaks, the nation’s largest alternative break program.

During Alternative Break trips, Mizzou students partner with community organizations such as Project C.U.R.E.

During Alternative Break trips, Mizzou students partner with community organizations such as Project C.U.R.E.

"A trip with Mizzou Alternative Breaks is more than traveling to different states, cities and even countries," said Jesus Vega, Mizzou junior and director of leadership development for Mizzou Alternative Breaks. "Our trips help students immerse themselves in a new community and grow as active citizens — learning to prioritize their community and use their strengths to better serve their communities.”

From Jan. 10 to Jan. 19, 351 Mizzou students will be serving 39 community partners in 11 states and the Dominican Republic.

Students will volunteer with community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, wildlife centers and health organizations. Volunteer service locations include:

  • Ski Apache Adaptive Sports in Ruidoso, New Mexico
  • AWARE Wildlife Center in Lithonia, Georgia
  • BEATSinc in Canton, Georgia
  • The Meyer Center for Special Children in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Saint Bernard Project in Lynn Haven, Florida and New Orleans
  • Hope Panhandle in Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Pencil Project and McNeilly Center in Nashville
  • Key West Botanical Garden and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Florida
  • Quail Creek State Park in St. George, Utah
  • BTNEP in Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • HabiJax in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Habitat for Humanity in Johns Island, South Carolina and Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Memphis
  • GiGi’s Playhouse in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • WARM in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency
  • Unity of Greater New Orleans and New Orleans Mission
  • Bluff Elementary School in Bluff, Utah
  • Paiute Tribal Center in Cedar City, Arizona
  • Project CURE and SEWA International in Taos, New Mexico
  • Dress for Success and Planned Parenthood in Austin
  • Care Lodge in Meridian, Mississippi

Founded in 1991, Mizzou Alternative Breaks sends groups of students on service trips during weekend, Thanksgiving, spring, summer and winter breaks. Participants enter communities with the mindset of “serve, don’t help” — one of the program’s guiding principles.