Community Partner Organizations

Why and How to Become a Community Partner

You may not know it, but there are groups of college students that are enthusiastic (okay, understatement) to find out about the work your organization is doing in the community. To get ready to work with you, they'll begin meeting months in advance to learn about the social issues you focus on, the historical and cultural context of your community, and your vision and mission. They'll come prepared with skills you've asked them to develop, having fundraised themselves into a position to contribute time and energy to your organization for a week. Over 600 organizations are listed here—we'd love to add yours to the mix!

Sign up now for free as a Community Partner

The SiteBank

The SiteBank is a searchable database, available only to Break Away Chapter schools — over 220 alternative break programs that are committed to building a relationship with the organizations and the communities they serve. With an approved profile, you'll be able to update your information for the eager eyes of student and staff leaders. Profiles include organization and contact information, project details, issues of focus, group size, required equipment and times of year you're able to work with breakers.

Approval Process

Once you register as a new Community Partner, Break Away staff will be notified and will review your information. We'll then make sure your information is complete, resolve any questions and approve the profile. You'll then be able to log in using your unique username and password to update your profile any time you need.

Intermediary Organization (IO)

IOs work to create high-quality service, learning, and/or immersion experiences for groups. Often, IOs will charge an overhead fee to plan or provide  housing, meals, transportation, workshops, project coordination, cultural events, local tours, etc. IOs may recruit volunteers as part of programming and often can help provide connections to local entities and community organizations. Some intermediary organizations work in multiple locations and may have an office outside of the area(s) in which they work.

If your organization is able to support schools in developing an entire volunteer experience and/or charges set fees to volunteers for project coordination and logistical support, we ask that you register as an Intermediary Organization. Our staff will contact you to finalize your profile and to discuss the advertising fee.

We value the services and support that you can provide and acknowledge that there are many differences between volunteer facilitation organizations. So, we provide transparency in the SiteBank around the nature of every organization, as well as tools and feedback for Chapter Schools to examine which IOs will work best with their alternative break program and current needs. You can also download the rubric that we provide Chapter schools to  determine which Intermediary Organizations best fit into the mission, aims, and priorities of their break experience. For example, some programs may be most concerned about safety, while others place a higher value on relationship with an organization's staff contact.

Rubric for Assessing Intermediary Organizations Learn more on the Intermediary Organization page

Movement-building Extras

What are the movement-building extras that a site can earn?

Movement-building extras are provided to Community Partners who are going above and beyond in supporting quality alternative break work. These extras include participation in a Break Away training (ABCs, a Leadership Retreat, or a Community Impact Lab), winning a Community Partner of the Year award from Break Away, or participating in Community Impact Assessment.