BY LARISA MARIAN, News Editor

Each year, students from The University of Michigan-Dearborn dedicate their time to serving in communities across the state, country and even the globe through programs organized by the Community Involvement and Volunteerism Center (CIViC) here on campus.

Over the 2014 spring break, UM-Dearborn students served in California, Washington DC, Virginia, Indiana, Detroit, and Flint through UM-Dearborn’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Instead of flying or driving down to warm weather, students are deployed to thrilling locations where they work on projects relating to key social issues such as homelessness, hunger, early childhood education, and environmental justice.

Between November and February, students help plan their trips through fund-raising, developing team solidarity, and learning about the community they will be serving.

Breaks are spent not only serving and learning in a community, but also enjoying team activities and exploring the area. After ASB, students typically relish in lasting friendships and apply new skills and interests in all areas of life.

Nolan Muzzin, a participant of ASB last year, says, “ASB was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only is it a great way to get to help others, but it is also a great way to get to know yourself. I would recommend everyone check it out.”

This year, ASB is focused around three core issues: urban poverty (Cleveland, OH), rural poverty (Manistique, MI), and environmental preservation (Catalina Island, CA). Applications deadlines for site leaders are this Friday, September 19 at 5 p.m. and Friday, September 26 at 5 p.m. for participants.
For more information on ASB and other ways to get involved, visit the CIViC in the University Center.