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Spring Break 2014 - Detroit, Michigan

March 22 - 28

This year, Newman will spend a week in Detroit to serve an inner-city community.


Spring Break 2012 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 17 - 23

Based on popular demand, Newman returned to Philadephia for a week long service trip at the Blessed Sarnelli Community. Buffalo State students experienced an enriching and worthwhile spring break trip helping those in need.
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Spring Break 2011 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 26 - April 1

In 2011, students joined us for our annual Alternative Spring Break in Philadelphia, PA and served at the St. Francis Inn (

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Spring Break 2010 - Baltimore, Maryland

March 29th - April 3rd

This year's trip took place in Baltimore. Participants stayed at the Project SERVE house where the year-long Catholic Charities volunteers live. Students worked at a few local agencies including Our Daily Bread. Our Daily Bread is Maryland's hot meal program, serving more than a quarter million meals to the hungry every year.

Spring Break 2009 - Pittsburgh PA

Sunday, March 22 - Saturday, March 28

Our Alternative Spring Break trip for 2009 took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The cost of the trip was $100 and covered transportation, lodging, and meals.

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Alternative Spring Break 2008 - Chicago, Illinois

Monday, March 24 - Saturday, March 29

This year's Spring Break service trip took place in Chicago, Illinois and BSC students had the opportunity to work with the Claretian Volunteers. The students helped restore the South Chicago People's Park, worked at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Villa de Guadalupe, a senior citizen's apartment complex.

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Spring Break 2007 - Pittsburgh, PA

This past April the Newman Center staff and students traveled to Pittsburgh, PA where they lived with the Millvale Sisters of Saint Francis and served the poor of the region. Students feed and clothed the homeless in the streets of Pittsburgh. They sorted food at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, so that schools and soup kitchens would be well stocked. They visited with retired veterans who lived in a local nursing home. They helped out at a local afterschool program and made major home repairs with Hossana Industries. They also relaxed and enjoyed the incline, local shopping districts and other sights and sounds of Pittsburgh all while reflecting and praying about our experiences.

Spring Break 2006 - Chicago, Illinois

2006's Alternative Spring Break Trip saw 11 students travel to Chicago, IL. They spent their week living at Casa Claret with 18 young Hispanic men who were discerning their life's vocation. The students volunteered in the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Saint Paul's Elementary School, and the Villa Guadalupe Senior Housing Center. In addition to meeting and working with new friends whose ages ranged from 3 to 102 years old, we also got to enjoy the city of Chicago. Students visited the Hancock Tower, the Sears Tower, Millennium Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and several shops and restaurants. Everyone had a great time and the gang still gets together every Thursday night for dinner at the Newman Center.

Spring Break 2005 - Louisville, Kentucky

In 2005, 9 BSC students spent their spring break in an exciting new place, making new friends, and helping others. They traveled to the city of Louisville, Kentucky for our annual Alternative Spring Break service trip. The group worked on several projects repairing houses, volunteering at an after school program and seeing some of the sights Louisville had to offer. They stayed at the CROSSROADS house at St. Williams Church in Louisville. They departed from Buffalo early on the morning of March 28th, and returned in the evening on April 2nd. This was an opportunity like no other. It gave them the chance to learn a new culture, and to see how poverty affects people in other parts of the country.

Spring Break 2004 - Baltimore, Maryland

2004's Alternative Spring Break Trip took students to Baltimore MD. The group stayed at SARAH HOUSE, which is an emergency family residence. The people from Baltimore Catholic Charities met with us and told us about the city and how its people suffer from poverty. The following day, we traveled to Washington D.C. to see our Nations Capitol and to learn about the national community. Once back in Baltimore, we spent the remaining days making new friends and volunteering at the OUR DAILY BREAD soup kitchen. We continued to live and eat in community with the people at SARAH HOUSE where we also volunteered. In the free time we had we saw the Baltimore inner harbor, relaxed and enjoyed each others company. It was a great way to spend our spring break! We invite anyone who is interested to join us next year.

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