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Increase support and affordability for the Buck-I-SERV Alternative Breaks Program

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Buck-I-SERV is Ohio State University’s Alternative Break Program coordinated through the Office of Student Life’sStudents in a line putting plants in a truck Leadership and Community Engagement department. Beginning as a student initiative with a single trip in 2003, Buck-I-SERV has grown to provide over 1,000 trips serving alongside 150+ community partners in the past 20 years to over 30 states and 14 countries. Buck-I-SERV provides students with a challenging and engaging opportunity to lead and learn through direct service experiences. 

Over winter break 2023, Buck-I-SERV facilitated 10 trips to three states, Washington DC and two international locations for over 75 participants. Together, they collectively completed over 250 hours of service. Our alternative break participants supported community-based efforts focused on environmental conservation and restoration, access to housing and resources, LGBTQ+ youth, survivors of human trafficking, youth experiencing incarceration and more. Throughout their trips, students engaged in dialogue and reflection designed to prepare them to continue their commitment to service when they return to campus.

For more information about Buck-I-SERV and our impact, please visit our website.

How will my gift support the Buck-I-SERV Program?

By giving to the Buck-I-SERV Program, your contribution will support our programmatic priority of increasing students' ability to participate in our alternative break trips by decreasing financial barriers. This priority is accomplished through two major efforts:

  • Building and expanding our Student Access Fund to provide financial support to individual students participating in our trips
  • Subsidizing trip costs to increase the overall affordability and accessibility of our programs for all students

On average, a domestic trip costs around $10,000 for Buck-I-SERV to facilitate. This cost includes all travel-related expenses, lodging, community partner program fees or donations, pre-trip events and trainings, trip supplies, all group meals during the trip and a small budget for activities. 

Buck-I-SERV is generously funded in part by the Student Activity Fee, which allows us to subsidize the cost of our trips for students by approximately 50%. However, we do rely upon student participant fees to cover remaining costs. For the 2023-2024 academic year, all domestic trip participant fees are $500.

In an effort to address affordability, Buck-I-SERV launched our Access Fund initiative for spring 2024 trips. Through the Buck-I-SERV Access Fund, we are able to use gift/donor funding to cover up to 100% of individual students' trip participant fees. Our priority is decreasing barriers for students who may not be able to access our programming otherwise to empower them to take part in a mutually transformative service-learning experience both for the communities they serve alongside and themselves.

Since the Access Fund was established, we have received over 50 applications from students seeking financial support to participate in our spring and summer 2024 trips. We were able to fully fund participation in a spring 2024 trip for 8 students and offer partial funding towards participant fees for 11 students. In order to sustain the Access Fund and ensure that it is a resource for years to come, more funding is vital. 

Our ultimate goal is to raise $10,000 during this campaign which would allow us to fully fund participation in a domestic trip for 20 students (two full trips)! 

Please help us reach our goal! Any and all support is greatly appreciated and will directly impact student access.

"Service can look like many different things to different people. Given individuals' unique strengths and talents, there is always something we can be doing to better our community and to work towards addressing various social justice issues. From my Buck-I-SERV experience, I have a greater appreciation for the privileges I hold and the positions of power these put me in. After learning more about various social justice topics, I now understand how this puts me in a unique role to serve others.” ~ Minnesota: One Heartland Trip Leader

We greatly appreciate your time and consideration. Spread the word and give to Buck-I-SERV today!

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20th Anniversary Celebration

Donate $20 in honor of Buck-I-SERV's 20th Anniversary!


Student Leader Sponsor

Covers the cost of one student leader’s domestic trip fees OR half of one student's participant trip fees


Domestic Trip Fee Sponsor

Covers the full cost of one student’s domestic trip participant fees


International Trip Fee Sponsor

Covers the cost of one student’s international trip participant fees


Domestic Trip Sponsor

Covers the cost of all student participant fees for an entire domestic trip

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