Group of Penn State students and chaperones pose in a lofty patio area overlooking Montreal

#GivingTuesday challenge supports ASB urban service

This March, Penn State Mont Alto’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips will take 30 students to Montreal and Pittsburgh, where they will each complete 35 hours of urban service working in food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters.

“ASB gives students the chance to make an impact on the lives of others and learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing different communities,” said Curtis Hoover, Penn State Mont Alto director of student affairs.

Held every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a day of international giving. This is the fifth year Penn State has challenged alumni, parents, friends, fans, faculty, staff, and students to raise their voices and celebrate the power of giving back.

Gifts to support this highly immersive week of service projects, leadership-building and relationship-building for Penn State Mont Alto students 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.

“Although it was physically and mentally exhausting, I am glad I was able to give up my time and help those in need,” said Santiago Morillo, who participated in last year’s trip to Montreal.

Participants can make gifts of any amount or support specific initiatives, such as $50 for one group lunch, $100 for one group dinner in Pittsburgh, $250 for one group dinner in Montreal, and $500 to fund one additional student to participate in ASB.

“Through their ASB experiences, students learn that every individual matters and that each person can make an impact in the lives of others. Oftentimes, they also discover that helping others can be a big reward in itself,” said Hoover.