Because we’re Chippewas, we give back

The college students numbered nearly 150 across 11 states.

Many were strangers until a couple of weeks ago.

All shared a commitment to make a difference … during spring break.

It's the Chippewa way. It's what we do at Central Michigan University, ranked fourth in the nation for the number of Alternative Break trips taken — serving others rather than tanning on a beach.

This package of photos and videos captures the work of five student teams that spent the week of March 10-14:

  • working at an Atlanta home for families affected by HIV/AIDs;
  • inspiring children and doing facilities work the YMCA in Asheville, N.C.;
  • preserving and cleaning a Surry, Va., state park;
  • rebuilding a Pittsburgh neighborhood for the elderly; and
  • supporting at-risk children at North Charleston, S.C., development center.

The links below take you to photo galleries and videos from each site.

Atlanta Alternative Break  

The Atlanta team volunteered at The Jerusalem House, the oldest and largest provider of permanent housing for the city's low-income and homeless families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Asheville Alternative Break  

The Asheville, N.C., volunteered at the YMCA of Western North Carolina. The students cleared a streambed, built a kiosk and inspired children through an after-school program.

Charleston Alternative Break  

The North Charleston, S.C., team volunteered at the Carolina Youth Development Center. They cleaned and organized donation areas, as well as tutored and assisted children with homework.

Surry Alternative Break  

The Surry, Va., team volunteered at Chippokes Plantation State Park. They helped clean the park, worked in the garden, and performed maintenance on trails and buildings.

Pittsburgh Alternative Break  

​The Pittsburgh team volunteered at Rebuilding Together. Their urban renewal experience gave them hands-on experience while they helped repair the homes of low-income Allegheny County senior citizens.

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