Community Outreach


Alternative Thanksgiving Break 2014 - Detroit, MI November 26 - 30

What is Alternative Break?
Alternative Break is an intense service experience during one of BW's breaks. It is an opportunity to serve with fellow BW students, make new friends, make a difference, and travel to another part of the country and even the world. The focus on Alternative Break trips is direct service, reflection and education.

About this trip:
Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks and to help those in need, and the perfect way to do that is Alternative Thanksgiving Break to Detroit, Michigan with a focus on Hunger & Homelessness. 

Detroit has the highest homeless population in the Midwest and 5th in the United States. Detroit is also the largest city in the United States to enter bankruptcy. On this trip, we will be working with CASS Community Center where we will be helping prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals. CASS itself serves a million meals a year and with BW being the first college group volunteering during Thanksgiving, more meals will be served and memories made. 

Trip cost: $175 (Includes transportation, housing and meals)

Being an Alternative Break participant requires time, energy and commitment.  Participants agree to invest time and energy in order to make this experience a success.  Participants must attend all ATB events including a retreat and group meetings before, during and after the trip. 

The top priority of this trip is to participate in direct service. Each participant can expect to experience the community and culture of the Detroit area. Moreover, participants are expected to have an open mind, a willingness to learn and have new experiences as well as to have fun while serving!

Van Training
All AB Trips use the BW vans.  An acceptable number of BW certified drivers must be available for each trip.  Therefore, students selected to participate, who have a valid driver's license, are asked to participate in van training.

Pre-Trip Preparation
Participants must attend all pre-trip meetings that will begin in October. A mandatory retreat is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 for all ATB participants.

Alcohol/Drug Free Policy
Alternative Break trips are alcohol and drug free.  No alcohol is to be consumed, whether participants are legally of age or not. Individuals who are found to be consuming alcohol will be sent home at their expense.  The BW University Code of Conduct applies while on this trip. 

Non-refundable Payment Policy
All students participating in ATB must pay a $100 deposit by Thursday, October 16. The balance is due on Friday, November 14th. Cancellation fees apply.


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