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Serve the Mitten

Alternative Breaks, including CMU's, are known nationally for cross-country service. The CMU Alternative Breaks program also prioritizes the local community through our Alternative Friday Breaks.

Alternative Friday Breaks

Alternative Friday Breaks (AFB) are a new opportunity for students to volunteer in the greater Mt. Pleasant area. These opportunities occur every other Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters (with the exception of exam weeks). Breaks are free to students and are sent out with trained site leaders.

During this time students will learn about local needs and ways to get involved more regularly.  For each Break, participants will meet to get a brief orientation where they will meet each other and gather knowledge about the local nonprofit selected that week. Students will then spend a few hours serving that non-profit organization in a variety of ways. Following service, volunteers will reflect about their experiences together. 

These service experiences are available to all students regardless of their field of study or volunteer experience;‚Äč all that is required is a passion for giving back to the community!

Community Partners & Past Service Sites

  • Chippewa Nature Center
  • Humane Animal Treatment Society
  • Commission on Aging
  • Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum 
  • Foster Closet of Michigan
  • West Midland Family Center 
  • Art Reach of Mid-Michigan
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Joshua's House
  • Little Forks Conservancy

    And more!

    To sign up, visit the Alternative Breaks Engage page.

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