​​Weekends.pngAlternative Weekends (AWkB) is a program growing in popularity each year. Students travel around Michigan to volunteer with an organization over a weekend.  The issues and sites for Alternative Weekends are continually changing. 

Sign-ups will open on the following dates for each month's Weekend Breaks:
  • Sign-ups for weekends serving in February : Wednesday, January 17th, 2017
  • Sign-ups for weekends serving in MarchWednesday, February 21st, 2017 
  • Sign-ups for weekends serving in April: Wednesday, March 21st, 2017

Sign-ups happen on the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center OrgSync portal at 7:30 a.m. 

Spring 2018 Alternative Weekends Schedule:


2/2-2/4: Hunger and Homelessness

2/2-2/4: America's Heros

2/16-2/18Youth Development


3/23-3/25: Persons with Disabilities


4/5-4/8: Food Justice

4/5-4/8 Marine Life

4/6-4/8 State Parks and Preservation

4/20-4/22: Nature Conservation

4/20-4/22 Animal Rights

Following sign ups, site leaders contact participants with information about where the break will be serving and further details, including setting up a group meeting before the Alternative Weekend departs

Weekends are charged a flat rate of $40, which includes meals, housing, service site fees, van rentals, gas, and a t-shirt. 

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Annual CMU Danielle Gucciardo Alternative Weekend

The Danielle Gucciardo Alternative Weekend was named in honor of a CMU student who was heavily involved with the Alternative Breaks program and also served as the Weekends Chairperson.  After graduation, Gucciardo passed away in the spring of 2013 while serving with the Peace Corps.  Find out more about the CMU Danielle Gucciardo Alternative Weekend by visiting the Volunteer Center (UC 106).