COOP • Community Outreach
and Opportunity Project


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.

First Week ASB Trips Return

The first week of Hamilton’s spring break is over and the first five Alternative Spring Break trips have returned. A new trip this year went to Philadelphia where students worked with the Urban Tree Connection and with the Nationalities Service Center. To see more photos of the students in action, click here.   More ...

ASB Means Service for 100 Students

Spring break is a time for relaxing, catching up on sleep and taking a break from studies, but for some Hamilton College students it also means serving others.  Ten groups equaling 100 students are spending a week of their break volunteering at one of 10 nonprofit organizations through Alternative Spring Break (ASB), March 15-28.  More ...

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 ...