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Ed. Note: Giving Tuesday is an international day of charitable giving kicking off the Christmas and holiday season. In the US, it falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Just after the hectic start of the holiday shopping kickoffs: Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday. It sandwiches the shopping frenzy between giving thanks and giving to others.

Mark your calendars and plan to support Penn State Mont Alto’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips during this year’s #GivingTuesday challenge. Gifts can be made online at The fundraising window begins Monday, Dec. 2, at 18:55 (6:55 p.m.) — representing Penn State’s founding in 1855 — and ends Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 11:59 p.m.

These gifts will support 30 students completing urban service in Montreal, Canada, and Pittsburgh. They will each volunteer 35 hours in food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters.

Held every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a day of international giving. This is the fifth year Penn State has challenged the college community and its neighborhood to raise their voices and celebrate the power of giving back.

Immersive Week of Service

ASB is an immersive week of service projects, leadership-building and relationship-building. It is designed to inspire and educate students through service and reflection, and to promote personal growth and active citizenship.

The program gives students a chance to impact the lives of others and learn more about challenges and opportunities facing different communities, Curtis Hoover, Penn State Mont Alto director of student affairs, said.

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This will be the third year Penn State Mont Alto takes students to Montreal.

“Although it was physically and mentally exhausting. I am glad I was able to give up my time and help those in need”

ASB Participant Santiago Morillo
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PSUMA students make a difference (Photos courtesy Penn State Mont Alto)

Donors have lots of choices when they decide to take part in the Giving Tuesday challenge. A $50 gift funds one group lunch (Students buy the food and pack lunches to take with them).

Or a $100 gift provides one group dinner in Pittsburgh (students buy ingredients and cook dinner themselves). A $250 donation provides ingredients for one group dinner in Montreal.

A $500 donation gives one additional student an opportunity to participate in ASB.

“Through their ASB experiences, students learn that every individual matters and each person can mark an impact in the lives of others,” said Hoover.

Often, they also discover that helping others can be a big reward in itself, he said.

ASB tries to inspire and educate a diverse group of Penn State students through service and reflection. The goal is to promote personal growth and active citizenship.

Penn State Mont Alto first offered the program in spring 2018.

Spring 2020 Theme: Food Insecurity

In Spring 2020, the campus will offer two ASB programs:

ASB Montreal: A full-week international urban service experience in Montreal, Canada.

ASB Pittsburgh: A half-week urban service experience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Food insecurity is the theme of both programs. Each student completes roughly 35 hours of community service work in food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

Students learn that every individual matters and each person can make a difference in the lives of others. They also learn that helping others can be a huge reward in itself.

Of those who took part in 2018 and 2019 ABS programs, 100% said they would recommend it to future students.

The two programs will send 30 students on alternative spring breaks this year.

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