Alternative Spring Break directly benefits dozens of organizations and communities every year, from improving a case management database for Prevent Child Abuse America to creating a training manual for the Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Organizations need the skills our students provide to upgrade databases, analyze social media campaigns, create libraries, digitize archives and upgrade websites. These information management services are normally very expensive and out of reach for many non-profits with limited budgets.
At the same time, ASB directly benefits our students, giving them experiences that will inform their future career path and satisfying their desire to make a difference in the world.
We are able to offer students this opportunity because many loyal, generous supporters, alumni and friends of the school give to the program year after to ensure its continued success.
ASB students are also passionate about making this experience a success. They have engaged in a variety of fund-raising efforts on their own in the past, such as bake sales, book sales, potluck and restaurant fundraisers and online campaigns on crowdrise.com. This year students’ fund-raising efforts included the perennially popular Penny Wars (they raised $4,101.66) and a talent show, the SI Revue, scheduled for 7 pm Friday, February 20 in 2255 North Quad.
Praiseworthy as these efforts are, they bring in only a small portion of the program’s actual cost. Last year, the price tag for ASB students’ lodging and transportation and administration was over $35,000.
If we are to keep this opportunity an affordable, high-impact experience for all students who wish to participate, additional support is needed.
To ensure ASB stays viable, consider making a donation to this program. You can support ASB by making a gift online or by sending a check payable to the University of Michigan and indicating the UMSI Alternative Spring Break fund. Mail to:
University of Michigan School of Information
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
3417 North Quad
105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
Your support means so much to UMSI students and the programs at the school. We hope you will take the opportunity to meet and connect with UMSI students during the first week of March at our ASB receptions in Chicago or Washington, D.C.!