Office of Student Engagement

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) provides the opportunity for students to plan, raise money, travel and help another community during spring break. In the past, ASB has traveled to Dallas, TX; Louisville, KY; Omaha, NE; Nashville, TN; Mobile, AL; Washington, DC; and New Orleans, LA. Alternative Spring Break is open to all WIU Macomb students.

The total fee to participate in Alternative Spring Break is $250. A non-refundable $50 will be due on December 1, 2020 for the 2021 trip. This money will contribute to transportation to and from the trip (as well as transportation within the destination city) most meals throughout the week, as well as lodging. Please note that once you have committed to the trip, this money will be non-refundable. All participants commit to participation in various fundraising activities and weekly planning meetings leading up to the trip.

Our next tentative date for Alternative Spring Break will be from March 13-19, 2020 at a place to be determined. If you are interested in participating please contact KiKi Marshall, Graduate Assistant of Leadership Programs and Volunteer Services via email at ml-marshall2@wiu.edu.

In 2020, a group of 4 students headed to Denver, Colorado!

The organizations we volunteered with were:

Bryan's House

This organization is dedicated to youth development. We visited this location twice while in Dallas. At Bryan's House we played games and did educational activities with children of all ages. One of the days that we were there some of our students helped prepare and serve lunch to the children.

Crossroads Community Services

This organization is dedicated providing fresh and healthy meals to the community. While at this location we helped to reorganize their food distribution center. We also worked to distribute food directly to clients who came to the in-house food pantry.

Hospice Select

This organization is dedicated to senior care. We visited this hospice twice while we were in Dallas. While there we did room visits to the residences and enjoyed their St. Patrick's Day party with them.

While in Dallas we stayed at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. They had a industrial sized kitchen that we used every night to make dinner. At the close of every day we had intentional reflection conversations about topics related to the different organizations we were working with.

2020 trip participants:

ASB2020

2019 trip participants:

2019 trip participants

2017 trip participants:

Churchill Downs

All questions about Alternative Spring Break can be directed to KiKi Marshall at ml-marshall2@wiu.edu 

Contact Info

Student Activities
University Union
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: OSA@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-3232
Fax: (309) 298-2879