Alternative Breaks & Student Organizations

Some CSLCE programs are directly administered by students: Alternative Spartan Breaks, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and Into the Streets.

Alternative Spartan Breaks

Alternative Spartan Breaks (ASB) is a registered student organization that operates in partnership with the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at Michigan State University. ASB provides a unique living and working experience for students looking for an alternative to the typical “Cancun style” spring break. Students confront a variety of social issues such as poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, physical and mental disabilities, education, and hunger in locations throughout the United States.

Learn more about the exciting trips being offered this year at asb.msu.edu

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax help for low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Volunteers receive training from the IRS to help prepare basic tax returns on campus (for international students) and in the Lansing community.

Spartans Rebuilding Michigan

Spartans Rebuilding Michigan (SRM) is an MSU student organization designed to connect students willing to volunteer with organizations/groups throughout the state of Michigan. SRM regularly hosts volunteer opportunities over the course of each semester and puts on fundraising events to benefit different groups within our community. SRM's mission is to build a stronger community in Greater Lansing and among service-minded students at MSU. 

Design For America

Design For America (DFA) is an interdisciplinary national network of students using the human-centered design process to tackle local, social issues. Students work with teams on semester-long projects focused on a specific problem space. 

Alpha-Phi Omega

MSU is home to the Beta Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a co-ed National Community Service Fraternity, established in 1937. The mission of APO is to serve our campus, community, and nation through various community service projects while advocating the principles of leadership, friendship, and service. If you are interested in becoming a brother of Aplha Phi Omega at MSU, visit the APO Rush page for more details.  

Awards and Recognition

In recognition of the service and engagement of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, Michigan State University was awarded the following prestigious awards in 2014

U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Logo

2014 U.S. President's "Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (with Distinction)"

Carnegie Foundation Logo

2014 Carnegie Foundation "Elective Community Engagement" Classification

Michigan Campus Compact Logo

2014 Michigan Campus Compact "Engaged Campus of the Year"