SUMMIT, NJ - Summit resident John A. McCaffery is one of 100 Hamilton College students participating in the college’s 22nd Annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB). The program sees participants perform volunteer work in 10 locations in the Eastern and Southeastern United States during Hamilton’s spring break, from March 15-29.

Sophomore McCaffery is a graduate of The Pingry School, and the son of Coleen and David McCaffery of Summit.

Alternative Spring Break is intended to increase students’ awareness and concern of social issues while generating a life-long interest in community service. This year, Hamilton ASB is again sending students to several locations, including Highland Park for Hurricane Sandy relief, Philadelphia for community outreach, Habitat for Humanity sites in West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, and an after-school program in North Carolina.

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The Alternative Spring Break program began in 1993 when 20 students traveled to Miami to work on Hurricane Andrew relief with Habitat for Humanity. The following year the number of students doubled; each year since the number of participants has increased. 

Participants in the ASB trips hold a number of fundraisers throughout the academic year to earn money for their expenses, which include van rentals, accommodations, meals and -- in some cases -- site fees.