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5 Alternative Spring Break Ideas

5 Alternative Spring Break Ideas

It’s that time of year again: spring break planning season. Spring break is just around the corner, and if you’re a student, you’ve probably already been daydreaming about sunshine, relaxation and freedom from studying… at least for a little while.

Many students choose to spend their spring break on a trip somewhere exotic with friends, soaking up the sun. If you’re a student looking for something different this year, consider an alternative spring break—volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of others. If you’re still not sure what you’re doing over spring break, check out these ideas for how you can have fun and give back.

 

Go on an international trip.

One of the most popular alternative spring break ideas is an altruistic spring break adventure. You still have the opportunity to go somewhere exotic with friends, only this way you’re volunteering in the surrounding communities. Whether it’s helping to build sustainable housing, teaching important skills to locals or providing medical assistance, your time and talents are fully committed to supporting those in need, all while having fun in a different country.

Some international spring break volunteering programs include Project Abroad, International Volunteer HQ and United Way. You can even check out local nonprofit organizations that offer international trips in sister communities. Whatever program you choose to work with, you can be sure that your efforts help those in need around the world.

 

Commit to a domestic trip.

You can have just as much fun and impact while staying close to home. Trips within your country often offer the opportunity to visit communities in need and serve those most vulnerable among us. These trips are great at providing similar experiences to their international counterparts, but often cost less in travel expenses and can be less of a paperwork hassle. 

 

Build your own fundraiser.

If you’re extremely dedicated to a specific cause, consider using your spare time over spring break to build your own fundraiser for an organization close to your heart. Maybe you want to run a bake sale, put together a 5K race or hold a silent auction to raise money. Gather a group of friends to help support their community over spring break and see just how much of an impact a small group of people can make.

 

Get involved locally.

If you’re not interested in going on a trip or creating your own fundraising event, see what involvement opportunities are already available within your own community. Many nonprofits will have increased volunteer openings over spring break, which are great to get involved in on a flexible basis. Whether it’s serving food at a local shelter or helping teach refugees English, you can still use your spring break to give back to those around you.

 

Donate what you can.

This spring break, consider giving what you can to help support the causes that mean the most to you. Whether that’s donating financially, contributing used goods or giving nonperishable food, find what you can to give what you can. When it comes to helping the community, every little bit counts.

Make the most of your time by choosing an alternative spring break and enjoy the sunshine while giving back. Whether it’s traveling abroad or staying local, your commitment to serving others helps build a better world for all of us to live in. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


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A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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