Where We Go

This is a map of all the past and current Mizzou AB locations.  Click on a pin for more detail or read the site descriptions below the map.
Yellow Pins: Current Year | Purple Pins: 2013 | Teal Pins: 2012 | Green Pins: 2011 | Red Pins: 2005-2010


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Previous Trips:

Atlanta, GA
Issue: Animals
Our group of 12 students is travelling to Atlanta, GA from March 23rd to the 30th to volunteer in the area of animal welfare. We are working with FurKids, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Georgia, as well as Atlanta Animal Wildlife Refuge Effort (A.W.A.R.E.) throughout our Alternative Spring Break. Thus, we have elected to call ourselves the Atlanimals! We’re looking forward to spending time with puppies and kittens in the great city of Atlanta!

Atlanta, GA
Issue: Women’s Issues
We will be spending the week in Atlanta, Georgia to work with three incredible organizations — the Cool Girls Inc., Men Stopping Violence, and Tapestri. In the mornings, we will be at Tapestri, an agency that serves refugees and survivors of human trafficking, working on projects like their Holiday Wishlist program for their clients. In the afternoons, we will be volunteering as mentors at the Cool Girls’ after-school program for middle-school girls, working on young women’s empowerment. We’re also going to be assisting with (and attending!) an anti-violence/healthy masculinity training with Men Stopping Violence. It’s going to be peachy!

Aurora, CO
Issue: Children
We will be traveling to Colorado to work with children. We will spend the majority of the week volunteering at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Although we won’t be participating in the physical treatment of the children, we hope to enhance the emotional and psychological health of the patients through fun and engaging activities. We will also be spending a day in Fort Collins where we will be participating in an environmental cleanup project. We’re looking forward to the pristine beauty of Colorado and look forward to helping the community!

Birmingham, AL
Issue: Health (AIDS Education)
We will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to work with two amazing non-profit organizations, AIDS Outreach, and AIDS Alabama. These organizations help individuals battling AIDS by providing housing, GED courses, health maintenance services, transportation, support groups and more. These organizations also strive to spread AIDS education and awareness locally and globally. We are very excited to serve the Birmingham community during our spring break this year!

Brooklyn, NY
Issue: Disaster Relief
We’re crossing the US to eventually end up in disaster-stricken Brooklyn, New York, where we’ll be rebuilding and creating sustainable housing for low-income families. Project 195, a nonprofit disaster-relief organization, builds houses and parks with a “green” focus. Once environmentally unfriendly, these newly constructed neighborhoods prove that there can be a silver lining in environmental disasters. This week-long trip will provide our group with new knowledge and appreciation for what we already have while experiencing a region much different than the Midwest.

Charleston, SC
Issue: Homelessness and Poverty
We are traveling to Charleston, South Carolina to serve the homeless and impoverished community there. We will be volunteering with LowCountry Food Bank to package food for those who need it. We will also be working with WINGS for Kids, an organization dedicated to helping less fortunate youth. With WINGS, we will be tutoring and mentoring children in an after-school program setting. We are excited about volunteering in Charleston and are looking forward to making a difference in their community.

Charleston, SC
Issue: Children
Our trip is headed to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, where we’ll be working with WINGS for Kids, an after-school program that focuses on improving social and emotional intelligence with at-risk youth. We’ll also be working with Adaptive Gardens, an organization that promotes healthy living through horticultural activities for students with disabilities. We’ll wrap up our week at the Carolina Youth Development Center, where we’ll tutor, mentor and hang out with some awesome kiddos.

Chicago, IL
Issue: Health (Disabilities)
We are so excited to spend spring break 2013 in the Chicago area working with organizations that serve children and adults with disabilities. We will be working with 2 organizations, Aspire and Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. With Aspire, we will be going to community homes for adults with disabilities every night to help the residents cook dinner, play games, teach them lessons or skills, and bond with the residents. With Western DuPage, we will be helping out with day camps for both children and adults with disabilities. Our group can’t wait to make our way up to Chicago and build new friendships with everyone we meet!

Columbia, SC
Issue: Spanish
We will be heading to Columbia, South Carolina to work with the growing Hispanic population there. We plan to work with various organizations including Acercamiento Hispano, PASOs, and the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies. We will be working with children, teaching English to Spanish-speaking adults, and leading healthy living workshops. We have a great group of students and we can’t wait to be on our way!

Denver, CO
Issue: Poverty & Homelessness
We will be traveling to Denver to work with homelessness and poverty. We are volunteering with different organizations through Denver Rescue Mission. Denver Rescue Mission works to meet people at their specific points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. We will be staying with Denver’s Metro Ministries, who are also very involved in the homelessness & poverty issues in Denver. We are excited to work with these organizations and do as much as we can to help during our time there.

Eagle Butte, SD
Issue: Native American
We will be traveling to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to serve the homeless and impoverished community. We will be working with Okiciyapi Tipi Habitat for Humanity on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Habitat is devoted to building affordable housing for those in need. We’re all excited to get to know the people and learn more about the community!

Eureka Springs, AR
Issue: Animals
We will be traveling to Eureka Springs, AR to serve the animals at Turpentine Creek Exotic Animal Sanctuary. We will be helping build new enclosures for big cats that are being rescued weekly from a rundown sanctuary a few hours away from Turpentine. We will also be helping rebuild the grizzly bear enclosures (no animals will be in any of the enclosures we will be working on) as well as helping fix the sanctuaries landscape which has been ruined due to the building of the new enclosures recently. Additionally, we will be completing a service project for the church, Valley View Baptist, that we will be staying at. We are very excited for our trip and all that it has to offer!

Fort Thompson
Issue: Native American and Habitat for Humanity
We will be traveling to Fort Thompson, South Dakota this spring break to serve those living on the Crow Creek Native American Reservation. We will work with the Habitat for Humanity program in Fort Thompson to finish their volunteer center and will possibly also complete some work on a local home. We plan to learn more about the culture and the history of the people in Fort Thompson and take all that we’ve learned home with us. We are so excited for this amazing opportunity to serve, learn, and grow!

Francis Marion National Forest, SC
Issue: Environment
We will be traveling to Fort Thompson, South Dakota this spring break to serve those living on the Crow Creek Native American Reservation. We will work with the Habitat for Humanity program in Fort Thompson to finish their volunteer center and will possibly also complete some work on a local home. We plan to learn more about the culture and the history of the people in Fort Thompson and take all that we’ve learned home with us. We are so excited for this amazing opportunity to serve, learn, and grow!

Ft. Campbell, TN
Issue: Military Children
Our trip is going to a military base right on the border between Tennessee and Kentucky, very close to Clarksville, TN. We will be staying on the base and we will be working with the Armed Services YMCA in their program Operation Hero. In this program we will be helping with the Spring Break Camp for Elementary students on base as well as helping with some of the facilities at the ASYMCA

Ft. Collins, CO
Issue: Environment
We will be traveling to Ft. Collins, Colorado to perform service work for the environment. While in Ft. Collins, we will work in several state and national parks performing erosion control, trail maintenance, and wild fire restoration. Additionally, we will be working with a local fish hatchery to manage the local fish population in the many streams that flow through the area. We are all excited to enjoy and assist the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and all that Ft. Collins has to offer!

Greenville, SC
Issue: Children
We will be venturing down to Greenville, South Carolina to work with children and at-risk youth in the community. We are partnering with the Pendleton Place for Children and Families shelter, whose mission is to keep children safe and support families in crisis through prevention, assessment and intervention. While down in Greenville, we will help with renovations and upkeep around the facility, as well as provide the residents recreation and support during their after school programs. We’re so thrilled to be working with outstanding members of the community to help ensure the safety, education and enrichment for the children!

Gulfport, MS
Issue: Habitat for Humanity
We’ll be traveling to Gulfport, Mississippi to help build affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity and to continue to rehabilitate the area from Hurricane Katrina effects. We’ll also be working with Gulfport Community Ministries to serve by working in the food pantry and clothing closet.

Harleyville, SC
Issue: Environment
We will be traveling to Harleyville, SC to live and work in the Francis Beidler forest, partnering with the South Carolina Audubon Society. our work will include trail restoration and general park maintenance. We’re looking forward to living on site in the forest for the duration of our stay and exploring South Carolina!

Houston, TX
Issue: Health
We will be traveling to Houston, TX to serve the community affected by health issues. We will be working with the City of Houston Health Department to indirectly help kids with health issues. We will be painting and landscaping the outside of a “Kids Village” to make it look welcoming to kids affecting by physical, mental, and social functioning. In addition, we will be working with the Healthcare for the Homeless, Rainbow Housing, Urban Harvest, and Medical Bridges. With all the organizations we hope to build great friendships and serve those in need in the Houston area!

Indianapolis, IN
Issue: Habitat for Humanity
We are off to Indianapolis, Indiana this spring to work with Habitat for Humanity. We will be spending four days working with families and other local volunteers to help build affordable homes for those in difficult financial situations. We will also be spending a fifth day helping the local community either at the local food bank to help provide a meal to those who otherwise may not get one or the Ronald McDonald House which works with ailing children and their families. We are excited to help out the city and cannot wait to get started!

Iowa City, IA
Issue: Health
We’ll be traveling to Iowa City, Iowa, to provide companionship and health information to senior citizens and cancer patients. Our group of graduate students includes a variety of health-related majors, so we’re looking forward to applying our skills in different populations.

Kissimmee, FL
Issue: Children’s Health
We will be traveling to Kissimmee, Florida to volunteer at Give Kids the World, a service organization which houses and facilitates vacations for families across the United States who have children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. At GKTW, we will engage in various volunteer opportunities, including food service, giving tours, and park facilitation, all of which give us direct contact with the families and children affected. Our hearts go out to the families and children, as well as the staff at GKTW, and we are looking forward to lending some of our energy to such a wonderful cause.

Knoxville, TN
Issue: Environment
This narrative follows the lives of 12 strangers with a common goal on their epic journey to Knoxville, TN. The first test of friendship and alliances will be in the 9 hour car ride… Upon arriving in the foreign land, these undergrads will have to find their way to Beardsley Community Farm in order to cultivate a garden and harvest these fruits of labor. IF they are successful in this task, they will continue on their challenge to serve this produce to the needy at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. At the culmination of this quest, will be a trek into the mountains to test wilderness survival skills. The question is..will they accomplish their mission and more importantly will they be friends. Stay tuned.

Little Rock, AR
Issue: Children’s Health
We will be traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas, to volunteer with the Little Rock Children’s Hospital. They have set us up with their Obesity Prevention Research team and have us helping with their Delta Garden Study project. Broadly, it will involve team garden work near and around some local elementary schools. We can’t wait to get started and are really looking forward to visiting a new place!

Maitland, FL
Issue: Children
We’ll be working with New Hope for Kids, an organization in Maitland, Florida that provides specialized support to children and families grieving the loss of a loved one. It also grants wishes to children. We’ll be working with the children directly through events such as hosting a soccer game and ice cream social. We will also put together a marketing plan for a fundraiser that will raise money for a child’s wish trip.

Milnesand, NM
Issue: Environment
We will be trekking it to Milnesand in eastern New Mexico to work with the local lesser prairie chicken habitat. There we will work with the New Mexico Nature Conservancy on the Milnesand Prairie Preserve on various projects in the threatened species’ habitat. Our group will also spend some time working at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a unique wetland that is home to a diverse population of plants and animals.

Nashville, TN
Issue: Children
We will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee to serve the children of the greater Nashville community! We will be working with children who have varying mental and physical disabilities at Kindred Spirits, an animal-assisted therapy ranch. At Monroe Harding we will serve children in the foster care system with after-school related activities. In addition, we will spend a day at Thistle Farms, which focuses on helping women and children learn skills to live independently. We are excited for Spring Break to come around and to work collectively towards issues we each find passion in!

New Orleans
Issue: Animals
We will be going to New Orleans, Louisiana to work with Animal Rescue New Orleans, aka ARNO. ARNO is a 100% volunteer organization. While we are there we will be working with cats and dog. We will clean cages, walk the dogs, socialize feral dogs, do dog training, organize donations, and, best of all, give the animals attention that they wouldn’t normally receive. We are so excited to get there and start working with the animals!

New Orleans
Issue: Poverty & Homelessness
We will be driving to New Orleans, Louisiana to serve the homeless and impoverished community there. We will be working with Love and Outreach food pantry that serves 1,200 families each month. We will also be working at the Ozzamann Inn, which is a homeless shelter in the heart of New Orleans. There we will assist with the morning tasks as well as making sandwiches for the residents at the shelter. Additionally we will be working with St. Paul’s Homecoming Center. This is a organization focuses on the rebuilding of the New Orleans community after Hurricane Katrina. We will be landscaping, painting, and helping to rebuild the community. We are looking forward to working with the community in New Orleans!

NYC
Issue: Health
Our trip will be making the long trek out to New York City to work in Lower Manhattan with an organization called God’s Love We Deliver. GLWD is a organization that works with dietitians to create and deliver meals for people with nutritionally sensitive diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes. In a city like NYC, getting a quality meal that meets your dietary restrictions can be very difficult, so our volunteers will be helping prepare meals and deliver them by foot and by van. It’s going to be a crazy experience for some Missouri kids in the big city, and everyone is excited to go!

San Antonio, TX
Issue: Children’s Health
This phenomenal trip is going to the beautiful San Antonio in Texas. We will be working with abused, disabled, and ill children. Some of the organizations we will be working with are the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio, the Ronald McDonald House, and the San Antonio Food Bank. We will visit, play, and host activities for children, prepare meals for families, and help pack food products for the San Antonio community. Our project is aimed to aid the children and families in need of these organizations, while getting educated about their issue by being immersed in these communities in order to engage in such meaningful, direct service.

Sisseton, SD
Issue: Women and Native American
Our team will be spending spring break on the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation in Sisseton, South Dakota. There, we will be serving Wac’ang’a (Sweetgrass) Inc, a safe house for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We will be creating an awareness campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and working on various projects at the shelter.

Slick Rock, CO
Issue: Native American
We will be traveling to Sickrock Colorado to do environmental work. We will work with the San Juan Mountain Association to help build trails, build fence, and work in Dissapointment Valley. Our trip deals with conservation efforts, but also with ecology. We can’t wait to see the natural beauty of Colorado while at the same time helping to preserve it.

Tampa, FL
Issue: Animals
We are packing up, making a 20 hour drive, and heading to Tampa, Florida! In Tampa, we will be working with Big Cat Rescue which is a sanctuary for large cats (such as tigers, lions, and cheetahs) that have suffered some sort of abuse. We will be working to build shelters for them and helping to maintain the facility in any way possible. We will also be spending a day building oyster habitats in the area. We are excited to work hand in hand with the people of Tampa making serious strides to be sure all animals are being treated with love and respect.