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COOP • Community Outreach
and Opportunity Project

Programs

Alternative Spring Break

Hamilton's ASB program is a student-run organization that provides community service in New York State and throughout the southern United States.

In the spring of 2013, ASB offered ten trips for more than 100 students. Nine groups traveled south for week-long construction projects, direct service work with children, environmental service or work in an urban soup kitchen. One group traveled to Syracuse for a shorter, urban trip, getting to know the local area and helping Hamilton's neighbors.

ASB has now evolved into its own student organization with an executive board that runs the program with Hamilton's COOP. The students are housed in churches, camps and refugee centers.

Aaron Astor '95 with Hamilton's Alternative Spring Break group in Tennessee.
Aaron Astor '95 Educates ASB Group on Tennessee History

Aaron Astor ’95, an associate professor of history at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., shared his knowledge of the Civil War in Tennessee with a group of Hamilton students volunteering at the Cumberland Trail for their Alternative Spring Break trip on March 24.  More ...

A Working Spring Break

Spring break doesn’t just mean fun in the sun for all college students. One-hundred Hamilton students are spending a week of their spring break volunteering at one of 10 nonprofit organizations for Alternative Spring Break (ASB), March 16-28.  More ...

The Hamilton students will stay at FInca Esperanza Verde in San Ramon.
Students to Work on Nicaragua Coffee Farm Over Spring Break

Many college students plan on spending their spring break soaking up the sun on a beach; however, 11 Hamilton students, accompanied by a faculty advisor, plan on volunteering on an organic coffee farm in Nicaragua. The trip is part of Hamilton’s Alternative Spring Break program, a student-run volunteer organization. The coffee farms they will visit—Finca Esperanza Verde or Green Hope Farm—play a large role in the community and economy of San Ramon, Nicaragua.  More ...