​​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 March : Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Sign-ups for weekends serving in AprilWednesday, March 20, 2019 

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

Spring 2019 Alternative Weekends Schedule:


3/22-3/24: Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities 


4/4-4/6: Affordable Housing

4/11-4/13: 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).