September Service Saturday – Register on OrgSync!

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This month’s Service Saturday is with our community partner Alternative Pathways!

Service Saturdays are monthly opportunities for GVSU students to spend a morning volunteering in the local Grand Rapids community. This month we’ll be working with Alternative Pathways!

Check-in takes place in Kirkhof 1104 from 9:30-10am.
Service: 10:30am-2:30pm
Reflection (back on campus): 3:00-3:30pm

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.

REGISTER TODAY ON OUR ORGSYNC PAGE!

September Transformation Tuesday

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September Transformation Tuesday: Join the conversation.

Join us for this month’s Transformation Tuesday!
September 20 | 9-10:15pm | Kirkhof 1142

Transformation Tuesdays are GVSU Alternative Breaks‘ monthly educational event series! They may involve watching a documentary, listening to guest speakers, or engaging in activities in hopes of fostering a constructive space for meaningful and reflective dialogue.

These events are open to all GVSU students, regardless of past Alternative Breaks involvement.

This month’s topic: Domestic Violence

“The fact is, [sexual violence] is utterly commonplace in all our cultures. It is part of the fabric of everyday life, yet we all act as if it’s something shocking and extraordinary whenever it hits the headlines. We remain silent, and so we condone it… Is it polite and comfortable to talk about it? No. Must we anyway? Yes.” ― Desmond Tutu.
Read on for a blog post reflecting on the alternative break experience from the Atlanta ABCs.

Questions?
Please contact us at ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com

Site Leader Retreat 2016

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Grand Valley Alternative Breaks || Site Leader Retreat 2016 || Camp Henry

We had a great weekend at Camp Henry, where we hosted our annual Site Leader Retreat! Site Leaders attended workshops to learn more about service-learning and active citizenship; they also discovered their co-site leaders, trip locations, and trip topics!

We’re so grateful for our 2016-2017 Site Leaders. Without their hard work, dedication, and leadership, GVSU Alternative Breaks would not be possible!

Reminder: Our winter, spring, summer, and weekend trip applications open on our OrgSync page on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 PM!

 

Get Involved! What you need to know about GVAB.

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Our info handout from Fall 2016 Campus Life Night!

Winter, Spring & Summer Break Trips

We offer week-long service trips during winter, spring and summer breaks! These trips take place throughout the country and focus on different social and environmental topics.

All applications open on our OrgSync page starting on Wednesday, September 28 at 7pm. The application deadline is Friday, November 11 at 5pm.

Fundraising and scholarship opportunities are available! Please contact ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com with any questions.

Info Nights

Our Info Nights events are a fantastic way to learn more about our organization and all of the service trips we offer! These are set up like job fairs, so feel to drop by at any time for either event.

Info Night #1
Wednesday, September 29 from 8-10:30 PM in Henry Hall

Info Night #2
Thursday, October 20 from 8-10:30 PM in Henry Hall

Service Saturdays

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Volunteer in the local Grand Rapids community during our monthly Service Saturday events!

September 24 // Kirkhof 1104 // 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM // Community Partner: Alternative Pathways
October 22 // Time & Location TBA // Community Partner: John Ball Zoo
November 12 // Time, Location & Community Partner TBA
December 10 // Time, Location & Community Partner TBA

Registration for our Service Saturday events will be on OrgSync soon!

Transformation Tuesdays

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Learn about important topics that impact our communities during Transformation Tuesdays, our monthly educational series. Guest speakers, documentaries, and many other activities!

September 20 // 9-10:15 PM // Location TBA // Topic: Domestic Violence
October 18 // 9-10:15 PM // Location TBA // Topic: The Importance of Bees

November 15 // 9-10:15 PM // Location TBA // Topic: Poultry Workers Awareness

All Transformation Tuesdays are LIB 100/201 approved!

Connect with Grand Valley Alternative Breaks Online!
Official Website | OrgSync | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest | Snapchat GV_AB

August Service Saturday – Sign Up Today!

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GVSU Alternative Breaks is committed to promoting active citizenship and creating service-learning opportunities on campus. You can get involved by joining us for our first Service Saturday event of the year!

Hey there, Lakers!
We hope to see you at tomorrow’s Service Saturday! This will be a great way to get involved with both the GVSU and Grand Rapids communities right before the new school year begins!

Sign up now on the
Alternative Breaks OrgSync page!

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We’ll be working with several nonprofit organizations that do excellent and important work in the Grand Rapids community.

In collaboration with the GVSU Community Service Learning Center, we’ll be working with Blandford Nature Center, Alternative Pathways, Well House, and Rays of Hope International.

Check in between 8:30-9am in the Grand River Room (Kirkhof 2250). From there we’ll head out to volunteer. By 1pm we’ll be back on campus for a FREE LUNCH and reflection.

Contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions!

8/26 Update:

Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and joined us for our first Service Saturday of the year! We had a great time working with Blandford Nature Center and Well House! Mark your calendars: The next Service Saturday is on September 24!

 

Our Story in Grand Valley Magazine, Summer 2016 Issue

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An enormous thank you to Grand Valley Magazine for featuring us in the Summer 2016 issue! The story reflects on our 25 years at Grand Valley State University, looking closely at the legacy of leaders who have invested so much in our organization. We are so proud to be rooted in the GVSU community, and we look forward to many more years of promoting active citizenship and creating service-learning opportunities on campus.

You can find the story here (p. 21) or here.

Upcoming Events: End-of-Summer Social & Service Saturday

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End-of-Summer Social and August Service Saturday are two upcoming events that will be great for anyone looking to learn more about or get involved with Alternative Breaks!

End-Of-Summer Social

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There will be music, free freeze pops, and opportunities to learn more about GVAB.
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…that’s right! We said FREE freeze pops!

When: Thursday, August 25 at 6 PM
Where: We’ll be located by the tennis and volleyball courts near Lot C.

This event will be a great way to cool off after a long day during ‪ #‎GVSUMoveIn‬ week. Swing by for a FREE FLAVOR ICE POPSICLE, and if you’re interested in learning more about ‪#‎GVAB‬, there will be members there to chat and answer any questions.

Any and all GVSU students are welcome to join us. We can’t wait to see you there!

August Service Saturday

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All GVSU students are welcome to join us for the first Service Saturday event of the year!
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GVSU Alternative Breaks has been holding monthly Service Saturday events since 2010!

The upcoming Service Saturday is a collaboration between GVSU Alternative Breaks and the GVSU Community Service Learning Center!

Registration is officially open! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2avuQih

Check in: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Service (with three different Grand Rapids nonprofits): 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
(Free!) Lunch and reflection: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

(Check in, lunch, and reflection will take place in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room).

We will be working with Blandford Nature Center, Alternative Pathways, Rays of Hope,Well House, and other local Grand Rapids nonprofit organizations!

This event is open to all GVSU students who are interested in serving the community– invite your friends!

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.

Lastly, a very special thanks to the Community Service Learning Center for co-hosting and helping to make this event a possibility!

Lastly, here’s a quick look at a few future GVAB events…

Fall 2016 Campus Life Night and Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair

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Interested in learning more about GVSU Alternative Breaks? Visit us at either Campus Life Night or the Nonprofit Fair!

Fall 2016 Campus Life Night
Tuesday, September 6 / 7-9 PM / Allendale Campus, Lot H

Fall 2016 Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair
Wednesday, September 7 / 1-3 PM / Henry Hall Atrium

Thank you to Grand Valley Student Life and the GVSU Community Service Learning Center for providing these back-to-back opportunities!

Fall 2016 Info Nights

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Alternative Breaks Info Night #1

Wednesday, September 28 // 8-10:30 PM // Henry Hall

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Alternative Breaks Info Night #2

Thursday, October 20 // 8-10:30 PM // Henry Hall

It’s not too early to think about your plans for winter, spring or summer break!

Join us in Henry Hall (on the Allendale campus) on either Wednesday, September 28 or Thursday, October 20 to learn more about GVSU Alternative Breaks. You will have the opportunity to meet our Site Leaders, learn about every trip, and ask any questions you may have. This event is set up like a job fair, so feel free to drop by at any time.

All winter, spring, and summer trip APPLICATIONS OPEN on the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page on Wednesday, September 28. They close on Friday, November 11. You do not need to attend an Info Night in order to apply.

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Lakers, do you want to go on an adventure?

If you have any questions about Alternative Breaks, please contact ab.gv.publicrelations@gmail.com

August Service Saturday 2016

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Community is our priority!

The upcoming Service Saturday is a collaboration between GVSU Alternative Breaks and the GVSU Community Service Learning Center!

Registration is officially open! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2avuQih

Check in: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Service (with three different Grand Rapids nonprofits): 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
(Free!) Lunch and reflection: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

(Check in, lunch, and reflection will take place in the Kirkhof Center’s Grand River Room).

We will be working with Blandford Nature Center, Alternative Pathways, Rays of Hope, Well House, and other local Grand Rapids nonprofit organizations!

This event is open to all GVSU students who are interested in serving the community– invite your friends!

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We will be working with Blandford Nature Center, Alternative Pathways, Rays of Hope, Well House, and more!

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.

Lastly, a very special thanks to the Community Service Learning Center for co-hosting and helping to make this event a possibility!

Executive Board Retreat 2016

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The 2016 Grand Valley Alternative Breaks Executive Board with our furry pal, Trip!

The 2016 Executive Board Retreat was this weekend, and we all had a blast learning, volunteering, and reflecting together.

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Working with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative in Detroit, Michigan.

During the weekend we had the opportunity to work with and learn from the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative! This organization does fantastic work in Detroit, Michigan, and we highly suggest you check them out!

We’re excited for the new year, and we hope you are, too.
See you soon, Lakers!