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Oct. 8, 2011
To view a video of Alternative Spring Break's 2011 service project and collaboration with Community Collaborations International in Niceville, Fla., click here.
Students affiliated with Alternative Spring Break, a Northwest Missouri State University organization that involves students in service-learning opportunities, is seeking the University community's help with a series of fundraisers throughout the month.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 10, Alternative Spring Break will team up with Northwest's Up ‘til Dawn chapter to sell discounted tickets to select Kansas City Chiefs home games. The groups will sell tickets to the Chiefs' games on Monday, Oct. 31, against the San Diego Chargers; Sunday, Nov. 6, against the Miami Dolphins; and Sunday, Nov. 13, against the Denver Broncos.
The tickets, for seats in Arrowhead Stadium's lower bowl, are $35 with all proceeds going to Alternative Spring Break and Up ‘til Dawn. The groups will sell the tickets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 14, on the first floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Cash and checks, made payable to Northwest Missouri State University, will be accepted.
Additionally, beginning Monday, Alternative Spring Break is accepting orders for homemade pies. The apple or cherry pies are $10 each, and patrons may submit orders by clicking here or by calling the Office of Volunteer Services at 660.562.1954. For orders placed before Thursday, Nov. 10, pies will be available for pickup Monday, Nov. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22. Additional orders placed before Wednesday, Dec. 7, will be available for pickup between Monday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 16.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, Alternative Spring Break will sponsor "Burger King Night" at Burger King, 1601 S. Main St. Alternative Spring Break members will be working at the restaurant that night, and receive a percentage of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m.
Alternative Spring Break annually gives Northwest students an opportunity to participate in a week of service-learning and volunteering in a different environment. The mission of the organization is to progressively improve the experience of true service-learning for Northwest students and successfully incorporate classroom learning in real world situations.
The organization this year will travel to Atlanta to work with the Essential2Life program and provide support to at-risk children as well as homeless shelters and soup kitchens.
Alternative Spring Break Fundraising Chair Ashley Herring the fundraisers are an important step to helping the 27 students involved in the organization fund the upcoming this year's service-learning goals.
"Students are choosing to help out in an area of need, and Alternative Spring Break prides itself on being affordable for all students who want to participate, volunteer and provide services to others." Herring said. "So we can give back to another community, we need the help of our community."
Founded in 2006, Alternative Spring Break focuses on projects involving environmental and disaster relief, Habitat for Humanity and humanitarianism. Northwest students previously provided disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La., and partnered with Give Kids the World to help children with life-threatening illnesses in Kissimmee, Fla. The organization's 2010 trip to the Dominican Republic to work with Orphanage Outreach was the organization's first outside the United States. Last year, the group partnered with Community Collaborations International in Niceville, Fla., and participated in several community-based projects associated with restoring the coastal ecosystem affected by the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill.
For more information, contact Amy Nally, Northwest's director of volunteer, service learning and civic engagement, at 660.562.1954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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