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How to plan a service break and make a difference helping an underserved population

Alternative Spring Break Volunteers

Alternative Spring Break Volunteers (Photo credit: vastateparksstaff)

Spring break is coming up fast, and if you’re looking for a way to have fun, give back to the world and beef up your resume, it’s time to start planning. If you want to meet new people and do something productive, maybe a service break or alternative spring break (ASB) could be just the break from routine you are looking for. A service break, or ASB, involves serving in one of a number of locations either in the US or abroad to help an underserved population. The time you spend helping others can be a transformational experience and education for both you and the people you are serving. Follow these tips on how to plan a service break and make a difference in the world. Read more

Think outside the box: Volunteer for an alternative summer break this year

Alternative summer breakAlthough spring break has passed by already, it’s not too early to plan ahead for how you’ll spend next year. Or better yet, plan to spend a portion of your summer break volunteering with an alternative break organization. Alternative spring break plans are gaining in popularity and some organizations have to limit the amount of applications accepted, so you’ll want to beat the pack. Read more

Spring cleaning: How to sell, donate or recycle unwanted items

Goodwill donations

Goodwill Donate Movement (© John Froschauer/AP Images)

If you can’t smell that fresh spring air, then maybe it’s time to air out your mattress and living space! Like houses and cars, college dorms need spring cleaning too. After all those “what to bring to college” tips you got before you moved in, I’d bet few people have suggested to you “what to get rid of.” Here are some tips to clean out your dorm room or apartment not just for the spring, but any season, especially on move-out date at the end of the school year. Read more