Students begin online fundraising for Alternative Spring Break

TOTAL RAISED: $24,054 - 96% of $25,000 goal


For the sixteenth year, graduate students from the School of Information will be volunteering their information management skills at a wide variety of non-profits in metropolitan areas during their annual spring break. Between March 3-7, nearly 100 UMSI students will be participating in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) by working at educational, cultural and public-sector organizations in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and Detroit.

While the School of Information covers much of the cost of the program, students themselves contribute part of the cost. Several students have formed fund-raising teams using the charitable donation site Crowdrise, and are competing to see which group can raise the most in contributions by utilizing their own social networks. The overall goal for the Crowdrise teams is $25,000 in total. The winning team captain will receive an iPad Air, as will the individual student who raises the most money. Learn more about the team leaders.

Several organizations are hosting ASB students for the first time. These include The Henry Ford in Detroit, where Michael Barera will be helping to describe the Hidden Collections; the Detroit Institute of Arts, where Sebastian Ferrari will update the research library and archives website; and 826NYC, where Mollie Hall and Kristen Hansen will help to create a library system.

Other students will be working at well-known public institutions such as the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, as well as lesser-known non-profits like the Media Burn Archive and Working Bikes in Chicago; For Love of Children and Green Map System in New York; and Society of the Cincinnati in Washington, DC.

Since its inception in 1999, School of Information students have donated over 40,000 hours of community service by participating in Alternative Spring Break.


Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014