Alternative Spring Break kicks off Crowdrise funder

Five teams of UMSI students will compete to raise $20,000 online over the next four weeks to support the annual volunteer experience of Alternative Spring Break (ASB).  The funds will help to offset the cost of sending over 135 UMSI students to work for a week at non-profit, educational and cultural institutions in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. During ASB, students gain practical experience and the organizations benefit from having professional assistance on information management projects.

2013 is the 15th year of the UMSI-sponsored Alternative Spring Break and the third year in which students have engaged in online fundraising for the project via Crowdrise, an online charitable giving site. Last year, participating students raised over $15,000 for ASB on Crowdrise and through other activities.

The 2013 teams and their leaders are

Claire Abraham - Global and Cultural Awareness

Andy Lin - Health Information

Elizabeth "Biz" Maher - Information Access and Literacy

Sara Steinhurst - Social Media and Engagement

Candice Yono - Citizenship and Social Justice

The team leader whose team raises the most money and the top fundraiser will both receive iPads, while the winning team will be treated to a pizza party following their return from ASB. Throughout the month, there are daily and weekly prizes for donors, as well, including Moosejaw and U-M apparel, gift cards, and a raffle for homecoming game football tickets.

The campaign officially kicks off on Monday, February 11 and will run through March 8.

Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013