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BreaksAway 2016 March 12th-20th

GLIDE (San Francisco, CA) – “GLIDE's mission is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.” During this trip you will help serve the homeless by serving meals. At GLIDE you will help empower people towards their personal transformation and recovery. For more information, check out:


Operation Breakthrough (Kansas City, MO) – “The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment.” Not only does Operation Breakthrough provide educational services for more than 400 children daily, but they also work with the children’s families helping support and empower them. For more information check out:


Gila National Forest (Silver City, NM) – The Gila National Forest was established in 1905, yet part of it; “The Gila Wilderness, was established in 1924 as the first designated wilderness in the country.” The forest encloses a total area of 4,235 square miles of beautiful, rugged terrain. “The Gila National Forest boasts a rich history of the Mogollon and Apache Indians, Spaniards, Mexicans, ranchers, prospectors and miners.” For more information, check out:


Refugee Focus (Phoenix, AZ) – “For more than thirty years, Refugee Focus has served some of the world’s most persecuted people”. “Violence and armed conflict chase millions of people from their homes, their families, and their countries, forcing them to seek safety in other countries around the world.” “Refugee Focus welcomes these new Americans - by teaming up with them and the local community in their quest for personal safety, community connections, and economic self-reliance. We equip new Americans to find housing, learn English, traverse the city, obtain jobs, and become self-sufficient.” At Refugee Focus they are committed to doing justice, serving those in need, and showing kindness. For more information, check out:


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, UT) – “The mission of Best Friends is to end the killing in America's animal shelters and create a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by building community programs and partnerships all across the nation.” They hope to lead by example sharing and promoting new programs and ideas to help animals. The animal sanctuary owns nearly 3,700 acres, and leases another 17,000 acres for their approximate 1,700 animals. Their vision is to create “A better world through kindness to animals”. For more information, check out:

2015 Impacts:

25 students gave 776 hours and impacted 5,298 people!  Great job BreaksAway 2015 participants!

Check out this video of one of our BreaksAway 2015 participants!


Mission of BreaksAway

The mission and purpose of the BreaksAway program is to cultivate in MSU students a spirit of community involvement and to nurture service leaders who will give back to our state, nation, and the world. MSU students work together with communities around the U.S. to promote life-long community involvement and critical thinking about our societal challenges and the roles each one of us can play in addressing those challenges.

What is BreaksAway?

On MSU BreaksAway trips, students volunteer their time to meet community needs.  The communities that host MSU BreaksAway groups may be as far away as another country or only one state away. The host community offers opportunities to learn about and experience challenges that are either larger in scope or foreign to Bozeman area community challenges.   Students come back to MSU with an enhanced understanding of the diverse issues that face our national and global community.  Communities see tangible results from the MSU student’s projects, while students gain new skills, perspectives and relationships. Trips are organized by the Office of Activities and Engagement and are led by two MSU student Site Leaders. BreaksAway has been a program of the Office of Activities & Engagement since 1996.


Brianna Cronin, Program Coordinator

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2015 Sponsors:

Dairy Farmer



First Interstate