“I appreciated the opportunity to learn about each of the sites.  It was meaningful for me to be able to help the agencies however we could and learn about future involvement.” 

Are you looking for a fun way to give back to your community, while meeting other students from the Fort Wayne area? Then it might be time to take the plunge!

United Way of Allen County, IPFW, and Ivy Tech are partnering to bring this unique opportunity to college students. Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge is a unique program focused on on local social issues. Over the course of four days, students will learn about current needs in the community and how they can help make a difference. Alternative Spring Break will take place March 7-10, 2016 right here in Fort Wayne. 

Alternative Spring Break challenges students to take a step out of their comfort zones to see first hand the needs in our community. This year the focus will be on the southeast side of Fort Wayne.  In effort to expose students to areas and agencies they may never have had an opportunity to visit.

Students from local universities spend the week working at and learning about nearly a dozen of our local nonprofits. The agencies provide services in United Way’s four focus areas:education, health, income and basic needs. Participants engaged in reflection on daily experiences and discussed what their role is as a Millennial in our community. In addition, students were asked to consider commitments to social action and justice issues which impact Allen County, the nation, and the global community.

Components of the program will include:

  • Interactive sessions with local nonprofit organizations to learn about community needs.

  • Tours of nonprofit organizations in Fort Wayne.

  • Volunteer service projects at local nonprofit agencies.

  • Networking opportunities with local nonprofit agencies.

We will be visiting the following agencies:

  • United Way of Allen County 211 Call Center
  • Turnstone
  • YWCA
  • Associated Churches Food Bank
  • Cancer Services
  • Neighborhood Health Clinic
  • Rescue Mission (Treasure House)

ASB Dates: March 7-10, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Applications Due: February 17
Acceptance Notification: February 19
Orientation: March 2

Click here to download your application!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact your university representative listed below:

Debra Barrick, barrickd@ipfw.edu

Ivy Tech:
Christina O'Brien, cobrien22@ivytech.edu

For general questions please contact: 
Ruthie Hall, ruthie.hall@uwacin.org, (260) 469-4002