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What Is the Alternative May Break?

In November of 2005 Community Service-Learning sponsored a break to offer hurricane relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina. That break inspired other to do the same and since that time James Madison University has sponsored many more Hurricane Relief breaks at various times of the year. To ensure a lasting commitment, Community Service-Learning has created an annual May break to continue serving the Katrina affected communities in the Gulf Coast region. Working with Camp Hope, our team serves in St. Bernard's Parish, Orleans Parish and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Participants will take coach busses for a 17 hour ride to New Orleans. You can ride in comfort, catch up on sleep, and watch a few movies on the way. 

While the focus remains on re-building houses and communities, our break incorporates whatever type of work is most necessary at the time of arrival. We work with organizations that are on the ground everyday including Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana Children's Museum, the Green Project and NOLA Pet Rescue.

This team is filled through a lottery process, which is open to all JMU students. Participants will be assigned to a small group of eight or nine with two student co-leaders and one faculty/staff learning partner for each group. Groups meet several times before leaving to make sure everyone is prepared.


Current estimated costs will be $300 per person, though costs may change based on number of participants.

How Can I Sign Up?

There will be a live link available in the upcoming events section when the lottery is open!

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