Office of Student Activities

Alternative Spring Break

Cabbage Patch

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 Omaha, NE, Nashville, TN, Mobile, AL, Washington, DC, and New Orleans, LA. The pictures shown are from the 2017 trip to Louisville, KY. Examples of past service projects include partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina Relief, and participating in an Urban Plunge program.
Information for the 2019 trip will become available this fall.
The out-of-pocket cost for the trip is only $50.  Please note that once you have committed to the trip, this money will be non-refundable.  All participants commit to fundraising and weekly planning meetings leading up to the trip.  


In 2018 a group of eleven students headed to Atlanta, GA!

The organizations we volunteered with were:

  • Intown Collaborative Ministries
    -Preparing hygiene packages, preparing food for distribution, and working in the clothing closet.
  • Southwest Ecumencial Emergency Action Committee
    -working in the pantry as "grocery managers", stocking shelves, unloading trucks, and restocking at the end of the day.
  • Partners in Action for Healthy Living Inc.
    -working on community beautification 
  • Furkids Shelter
    -working with animals and various other tasks

Cabbage Patch

Every day, we also had intentional conversations about the topics related to the different organizations we were helping. It was wonderful to see the students grow throughout the week both through their work and all the conversations with each other and the people we met along the way.

Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby

Our next Alternative Spring Break will be from March 10-16, 2019 at a place to be determined. If you are interested in participating, contact the Office of Student Activities at (309) 298-3232 or by email at 
The application will become available on PurplePost in the fall.


Contact Info

Student Activities
University Union
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-3232
Fax: (309) 298-2879