Ready for a once in a lifetime experience?
During this experience, you'll grow and be challenged spiritually and physically but all for a worthy cause - serving our brothers and sisters in Christ. These trips are so much more than a week away from home. Ask the Fraternal Outreach Team for more information and why participants call these trips the best weeks of their lives!
Watch the video from our 2019 Alternative Break trip here, and scroll down for details about our 2021 Alternative Break to Bethlehem Farm!
Bethlehem Farm, West Virginia
Dates: July 18-24
Cost: $350 (excluding travel expenses)
Description: Join us for our next alternative break in the rolling hills of central Appalachia! Bethlehem Farm is a Catholic community that believes in living the four Gospel cornerstones: prayer, simplicity, service, and community. At Bethlehem Farm, we will serve West Virginians experiencing environmental challenges and enduring home damage while enjoying an opportunity to explore another way of living. Catholic Order of Foresters members ages 18-24 are invited to participate in a week of intentional simplicity with days full of service, prayer, fun activities, scenic nature, West Virginia sunsets, and more!
Where is the 2021 Alternative Break? The destination is Bethlehem Farm in Alderson, West Virginia!
When is it? The trip is Sunday, July 18 to Saturday, July 24.
Where is Alderson, West Virginia? Alderson is set in the backdrop of the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains. It is approximately five hours southeast of Cincinnati, and four and a half hours southeast of Columbus, Ohio.
What is Bethlehem Farm? Bethlehem Farm is a Catholic community in Appalachia that hosts volunteers seeking to experience sustainable and spiritual living. The community promotes the four Gospel cornerstones: prayer, simplicity, service, and community.
What are the overnight accommodations? Lodging will consist of two separate bunk houses: one for male participants and one for female participants.
What is the cost? The cost to attend is $350. This excludes travel costs to and from the site (such as airfare or fuel).
Do you provide fundraising assistance? Yes, you can find fundraising ideas on our website. We also encourage you to contact your local court secretary for more information about court sponsorship.
How do I sign up? Scroll down and complete the form!
When is the registration deadline? June 1, 2021
Do meals cost extra? Meals will be served during the trip and mostly included in the cost, but we do suggest you bring extra cash as we will have opportunities to enjoy meals off-site.
How do I get to Alderson? Carpooling to Bethlehem Farm with other Alternative Break participants is encouraged! If you have specific pick-up and drop-off questions, contact the Fraternal Outreach Team at email@example.com.
What kind of service will we be doing? A variety; we will assist with whatever is needed. This includes basic construction, rural housing repair, and environmental clean-up.
Will we be working the whole time? Nope. There will be a lot of time for prayer, faith formation, team-building exercises, games, and more!
Fundraising Communications includes:
- Pre-Trip Letter
- Tips for Thanking Your Donors
- Thank You Letter - Financial
- Thank You Letter - Spiritual
Alternative Break Fundraising Ideas
Reach out to your relatives, co-workers, friends, neighbors, and local court to help you reach your fundraising goal!
Court Sponsorship: Ask the chief ranger of your local court if the court will sponsor you. Sponsorship might include covering the expense of travel or alternative break fees. Attend a court meeting after the trip to describe your experience, share photos and encourage others to join you next time!
College/University Club or Faculty Sponsorship: Connect with your school to see which clubs and people on campus are willing to help your cause. Tell people why this trip is so important to you and explain the difference you will be making in the lives of others.
Bake Sale: Host a bake sale and sell the goodies at your church or in your neighborhood. You might be surprised at how much of the trip you can pay for with an event like this!
Keep the Change: Ask local businesses or parishioners if they are willing to donate their change. Collect donors' contact information (with their permission) so you can send them a thank you note. (There are thank you note templates on our website!) You can also ask families at your parish to set up jars or cans in their homes to collect coins for your trip.
Letters and Emails: Send fundraising letters or emails to family, friends, co-workers and others. This is an effective way to share information about the trip and ask for support. There is a letter template on our website.
Lawn and Driveway Care: Make some extra cash to put towards the cost of the trip by shoveling driveways or mowing lawns in your community!
50/50 Raffle: Host a 50/50 raffle at a community event like a football game or church picnic. This type of fundraising will give the opportunity to keep half of what you make and is a great way to tell many people know about your trip.
That's a Wrap: Wrap shoppers' presents in stores and ask for a small donation in return. Please obtain permission from the business before you set up your wrapping table! Bring a variety of wrapping paper, tape, scissors, ribbons, and tags. Have information about your trip handy so people know what the donation is for.
NOTE: You must complete ALL COF and Bethlehem Farm registrations and forms.
COF Registration includes:
- Hello, Missionary Letter
- Alternative Break Trip Details
- Participant Information
- Emergency Release and Rights of Representation
- Code of Conduct
- Information Regarding COVID-19
Bethlehem Farm Registration includes:
- Volunteer Contract
- Health Insurance/Medical Release
- Hold-Harmless Agreement