Break Away partners with more than 450 nonprofit and government organizations worldwide to pursue its vision of creating a society of active citizens. Nonprofits help Break Away fulfill its mission of training, assisting and connecting campuses and communities in promoting quality alternative break programs by doing the following:
Become a Break Away Member
Break Away's SiteBank Database helps route almost 15,000 student volunteers to hundreds of communities annually. More than 450 agencies, ranging from community based organizations with no paid staff to large, national nonprofits with hundreds of employees have their volunteer opportunities listed in the SiteBank. If your nonprofit would benefit from gaining national exposure to potential volunteers around the country, consider becoming a Break Away Host Site through the SiteBank Database.
Annual dues of $100 enable Break Away to train student leaders to incorporate the Eight Quality Components into their alternative break volunteer programs and to address important issues such as community voice, cultural sensitivity, teambuilding, conflict resolution and more. In addition to helping us to produce better prepared volunteers, nonprofit members also gain access to services including a priority listing in the SiteBank, special recognition on the Break Away website, inclusion on the national email listserv, media referrals, discounts on products and services, technical assistance and sample documents from Break Away, and a complimentary copy of our "Hosting an Alternative Break" manual for new members. Click here to download our Host Site Brochure, which includes a membership form. You may join as a nonprofit member with a secure, online credit card payment through PayPal (click on the button below).
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House Break Away Volunteers Throughout the Country
Nonprofit organizations, especially community centers and religious groups fortunate to have a little extra space can help defray the cost of housing for alternative break students on their trips. Since a large majority of our volunteers are students who fundraise to cover all the costs of their alternative break trips, access to free or very inexpensive housing (e.g. floor space for sleeping bags) enables more students to participate in a Break Away program. If you or your organization can help house student volunteers during their alternative break trips, please call Break Away at 800.903.0646 or email at
Identify or Contribute Educational Resources
Education and Strong Direct Service (i.e. that which incorporates significant community interaction and meaningful projects that address needs determined by the local community) are part of the Eight Quality Components that transform a volunteer vacation into a springboard for lifelong active citizenship. Our student volunteers depend heavily on collaboration with individuals and community organizations in identifying resources to help educate participants on the social issues they will be working with during their alternative break trips. If you or your organization can help such as articles, issue-oriented videos, guest speakers, websites, community dinner guests, etc., please contact Break Away at 800.903.0646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.