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Central Michigan University

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Central Michigan University Alternative Breaks Program
The CMU Volunteer Center first began in 1992, after Dr. Mary Ellen Brandell and Dr. Bruce Roscoe wrote a grant to secure funding for a Volunteer Center on campus. The Volunteer Center was located in a small space off of the Student Organization Center and staffed by a coordinator and two college work study students. Volunteer activities consisted primarily of small special volunteer events, including blood drives, holiday assistance, and a spring service event called "Be My Neighbor Day." Two years later, the small Volunteer Center grew to include the Alternative Breaks program. In 1994, the first CMU Alternative Spring Break service trip went to the Red Bird Community Program in Beverly, Kentucky to work with the issue of rural poverty. The program has grown over the last 20 years to now encompass 51 issues/sites each year engaging over 550 CMU students with 80+ non-profit partners in communities around the nation and globe.
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859