Build a home—strengthen ties; students
to take an alternative spring break

A number of Sacramento State students will forego suntan lotion and tropical breezes during the March break in order to wield hammers, move dirt and, literally, raise the roof as they participate in Alternative Break with Habitat for Humanity.

Alternative Break, a project sponsored by Sacramento State's Office of Community Collaboration, Student Activities and Alcohol Education Program, offers students an alternative option for academic breaks. The spring 2007 Alternative Break is hosted by Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization which organizes teams of volunteers to build simple, affordable housing for qualifying families.

Students have the option of volunteering one, two or three days, from March 28 – 31, to help build a local Habitat house. Most of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday spaces have been filled, but more students are needed to volunteer on the busiest work day, Saturday, March 31.

The Habitat project will take place in Sacramento, at one of a number of current sites. Volunteers are asked to arrive on site at 8:15 a.m. each day and work until 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

One more sign-up meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 in the University Union, Walnut Room. This meeting is mandatory for those students not already signed up to participate in Alternative Break.

Alternative Break was conceived by Joseph Sheley, provost, Mike Lee, associate vice president of academic affairs, and Sheila Macias, administrative director of the Office of Community Collaboration, during a discussion on how OCC can further community engagement on campus. It has received strong interest throughout the campus and will expand community involvement opportunities in the Sacramento region. Organizers hope to build upon this success with Alternative Break programs throughout the year, offering local, national and international opportunities for service.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Collaboration 278-4610 or visit www.csus.edu/occ.

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