SUNY New Paltz Alternative Spring Break ~ A week of leadership, teambuilding, and making a difference in the community through volunteerism

ASB 2016 Recap

The State University of New York at New Paltz hosted its 6th annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program from March 18 through 24, 2016.  Ten students, including three students from ASB 2015 returning as Peer Mentors, were chosen from a pool of applicants to participate in leadership activities and to serve on 9 different projects during their break.  In total, the group completed 500 hours of leadership and volunteer activities in the Mid-Hudson Valley community. 


The students held a donation drive at Stop & Shop in New Paltz  to collect donations for Chiz’s Heart Street  in Kingston, NY. In three hours, the students collected 153 items and $385.86.  In addition to these collections, the group also volunteered with Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, Chiz’s Heart Street, Lisa Libraries, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, Scenic Hudson, The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Phillies Bridge Farm Project, and made blankets for Chiz’s Heart Street.

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Meet the ASB 2017 Mentors!

20160322-1_ASB Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity Newburgh_052.jpgAli Dahlem
Junior, Sociology (Human Services) and Psychology
ASB 2016

“Alternative Spring Break (is) an extremely inspiring experience because you get to see just how many people in the Hudson Valley are dedicated to helping others and how other students selected have the same core value of helping others, no matter what their future career paths may be.”

Rachel Pierson
Senior, Sociology (Human Services) with minors in Business and Psychology
ASB 2014

” (ASB) is a life-altering experience and allowed me to discover my true calling and passion for service. What is amazing about this particular program is that it’s extremely diverse, and there is going to be something for everyone. The sites are all local, so they will get to know the area they are going to college in on a level they wouldn’t otherwise experience.”

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