Apply to be a 2016-2017 Site Leader!

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Apply to be a 2016-2017 GVAB Site Leader today!

2016-2017 Site Leader applications are officially open! This is a fantastic opportunity to grow as a leader and to get more involved with Alternative Breaks at Grand Valley. If you are interested, apply on OrgSync today!

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GV Lakers. Alternative Breakers. World Changers.
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We want YOU to apply to be a Site Leader!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ab.gv.vicepresident@gmail.com.

4/4 UPDATE: Application close on Tuesday, April 5, so be sure to apply ASAP!

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Bonfire Funds Campaign: 25th Anniversary T-Shirt

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Check out our special 25th anniversary t-shirt through Bonfire Funds!

We have launched a Bonfire Funds campaign!

Until April 4, you can visit our campaign page and purchase a special 25th anniversary t-shirt. Help us celebrate our anniversary and reach our goal of 50 sales!

Check it out here, and share the news!

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In addition to t-shirts, you can order a long sleeve or hoodie version!
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If you want to be as fashionable as these lovely individuals, you should totally check out our campaign!
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The campaign ends April 4 – Don’t miss out!

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March Service Saturday & Transformation Tuesday

Grand Valley Alternative Breaks has two fantastic events planned for the month of March!

Service Saturday with Family Promise 

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Grand Valley Alternative Breaks March Service Saturday

Service Saturday is back, and just in time for GVSU’s Community Outreach Week!

For the month of March, we will be working with Family Promise of Grand Rapids. Family Promise is an organization that strives to help prevent homelessness by giving the encouragement that families need to give them motivation to grow. Plans for the day include deep cleaning the day center and receiving an educational tour about the organization and the opportunity to talk about what goes on during a normal day at Family Promise.

The following are the details for the event occurring on March 19th, 2016:

We will be meeting at 8:45 AM across from Lobby Shop in Kirkhof Center and will be carpooling to Family Promise. We will be volunteering from 10-2 PM then we will return to campus following our service. Please be sure to bring your own water bottle for the day as well as to pack your own lunch.

Apply on OrgSync today: http://bit.ly/1O1WNW1

Transformation Tuesday #6: Human Trafficking

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Grand Valley Alternative Breaks March Transformation Tuesday
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A special guest speaker from Women at Risk, International will be joining us.

The theme of our next Transformation Tuesday is human trafficking. A special guest speaker from Women At Risk, International will be joining us. If you are interested in learning more about this important issue, you don’t want to miss this event!

It will be taking place March 22 from 9-10:30pm in Kirkhof 1142. The event is LIB 101/201 approved. Please contact ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com with any questions.

Grand Valley Alternative Breaks Alumni Banquet

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Grand Valley Alternative Breaks Alumni Banquet – April 9, 2016

The first annual Alternative Breaks Alumni Banquet will be on April 9 from 6-9:30pm at the GVSU Alumni House! If you are a GVSU graduate and an AB alumni member who is interested in attending, please contact our VP of Fundraising at ab.gv.fundraising@gmail.com.

Additionally, if you would like to be added to the GVSU Alternative Breaks Alumni Association Facebook page, please contact our VP of Public Relations at ab.gv.publicrelations@gmail.com.

Grand Valley Alternative Breaks – Spring Break 2016

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Grand Valley Alternative Breaks – Spring Break 2016

This year we have sent out 15 different service trips across the country. If you would like to stay updated on all of their adventures, be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

Spring 2016 Trips:

Affordable Housing – Baltimore, Maryland – Peoples Homestead Group

Animal Rescue – Orlando, Florida – Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Children in Underserved Communities – Franklin, North Carolina – Macon Program for Progress

Community Health – Little Rock, Arkansas – Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Engaging the Aging – Atlanta, Georgia – Meals On Wheels Atlanta

Equine-Assisted Therapy – Felton, Minnesota – Riding On Angels’ Wings

Family Affairs – Salina, Kansas – Ashby House Family Center

Native American Cultural Awareness – Tahlequah, Oklahoma – Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach

Neighborhood Nutrition – Asheville, North Carolina – YMCA of Western North Carolina

Park Preservation – Marion, Virginia – Hungry Mother State Park

Refugees – Kansas City, Missouri – Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), Kansas City

Relief Efforts – Sea Bright, New Jersey – St. Bernard Project NJ

Urban Gardening – Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Botanic Garden

Veterans – Franklinton, Louisiana – Volunteers of America, Greater New Orleans

Water Restoration – Murphy, North Carolina – Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition

3/14 Update: Thank you to all advisors, executive board members, site leaders, participants, alumni, community partners, and anyone else who invested time or energy into this year’s spring break 2016 trips. This season has been a tremendous success, and we could not have done it without you!

Active Citizenship = Voting

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Active Citizenship = Voting

Active Citizens make community their priority in values and life choices. They think critically, constantly ask “why,” and strive to discover the root causes of issues in society. However, they also apply what they learn to make a positive change, they ACT.

Lakers in Michigan, please keep this in mind today.