Alternative Break Program
The Alternative Break program provides domestic and international service and learning opportunities for the students, faculty and staff of Le Moyne College. The goal of the program is for participants to deepen their relationship with God through:
- sharing in the lives of those living in poverty through short-term service projects and living experiences;
- reflecting critically on issues of faith and justice;
- being exposed to the wonderful diversity of God's creations through an encounter with those living in a culture different from their own;
- offering their skills, resources, and gifts for the purpose of creating a more just world;
- Campus Ministry's mission to integrate faith and justice, a vision of spiritual life articulated in the gospel message and the church's call for a “preferential option for the poor";
- opportunities to implement experience into social justice endeavors back home.
Applications for the January 2014 trip to Ecuador are now available in Campus Ministry until April 19, 2013.
Trips Scheduled for 2012 – 2013
The trip location and dates are listed below. If you are interested in participating in the trips please stop by Campus Ministry and fill out an application.
- January 1 - January 6 - St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia, PA. St. Francis Inn is a soup kitchen which serves a daily meal to 250-300 people. Break participants will assist with picking up the daily donations; preparing and serving the meal; sorting and distributing donations; and visiting with the guests. View the website at www.stfrancisinn.org.
- January 5 – 12 – Winter Service Week in New York City. Spend a week in NYC doing service working at a soup kitchen, city hospital, center for women and children or with people who are homeless. Le Moyne Campus Ministry will partner with Canisius College Campus Ministry on this experience.
- January 3 – January 18 - Working Boys Center (WBC) in Quito, Ecuador. The WBC works with the whole family to educate and provide job training. While there Break participants will assist In English classes, help out with field trips and go on home visits. Some knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not necessary. View the website at www.workingboyscenter.org .
- January 12 - 20 - Operation Southern Comfort, Gulf Coast Region. This is a project organized by Operation Southern Comfort, a local community group. They seek to bring a group of volunteers to the Gulf Coast area to do new home construction, rehab work, demolition as well as asking volunteers to serve as tutors for local afterschool programs.
- March 2 - 9 - Nazareth Farm in Salem, WV. At Nazareth Farm break participants will split up onto teams with other college students and will work on housing rehab projects. During the week we will have the opportunity to meet and work with the homeowners as well as meet folk from the community. View the website at www.nazarethfarm.org.
- March 2 - 9 – Habitat for Humanity (HFH), in Buffalo, NY. The HFH club on campus will select the location for the trip in the fall when the work sites become available. The group will work on new home construction as well as rehab work. View the website at www.habitat.org.
- May 20 - 25 – St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia, PA. St. Francis Inn is a soup kitchen which serves a daily meal to 250-300 people. Break participants will assist with picking up the daily donations; preparing and serving the meal; sorting and distributing donations; and visiting with the guests. View the website at www.stfrancisinn.org.
If you are interested in participating in any of these service opportunities please contact Beth Scanlon in Campus Ministry at x4114 or firstname.lastname@example.org to fill out an application.