Alternative Break

Winter and Spring Breaks

Sierra Service Project offers customized programs for middle school and high school youth groups, college groups, and intergenerational teams at our Sacramento and Portland site locations throughout the school year.

Every year SSP hosts a wide range of groups for programs that fit the group’s needs and interests. Groups have come from Virginia, Wyoming, Washington, Arizona, Southern California, and everywhere in between over the years since this program began in 2006. Types of groups have included:

  • Alternative Spring Break programs for college ministry and secular groups
  • College freshman introduction sessions for secular groups
  • Intergenerational church teams ranging in age from 16 to 80
  • Combined middle school and high school youth group winter and spring break sessions
  • Anything else you can dream of – we can make a schedule and itinerary to fit your team’s needs

These sessions range from long weekends to week-long programs. Common to all sessions are combining challenging community service work with a series of visits, tours and guest speakers aimed to give participants real insight into the dynamic communities where they are serving.

The cost of these programs is around $40 to $80 per person per night based on group site and location.

2018 Dates

All sessions are scheduled by request. To schedule your group for dates flexible to your schedule email or call SSP’s Co-Executive Director, Megan Walsh, at (916) 488-6441.

Alternative Breaks
We can customize a program for your group based on your interests, budget, and group size.

Portland Site

Sacramento Site

  • McKenna Culbertson, our Rancho Cordova Program Manager, leads all of our construction work in Sacramento.
  • We work in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova and the majority of our work is for local low-income homeowners doing exterior carpentry or painting work. We will shift to indoor work with nonprofits if the case of rain.
  • We stay at a local church with shower facilities a short drive away
  • There will be some service learning activities outside of the Rancho Cordova home repair work focused on Sacramento as the capitol, and learning about the work of other nonprofits. We can cater these visits based on your group’s interests.