As winter quarter draws to an end, bringing with it the promise of a week-long vacation, the option to travel is an appealing concept for many students. Thanks to an Eastern Washington University residence life coordinator, students now have the opportunity to build the experience of a lifetime this spring break while helping others. And yes, it includes traveling.
In 2016, Residence Life Coordinator Anna McNamara created an Alternative Spring Break initiative that took 11 EWU students to Weed, California. While there, the students worked with Habitat for Humanity to dig the foundation of a house previously decimated by wildfires. Following a successful 400 hours of community service, 11 students returned in Spring 2018 to complete that same house.
“Watching what the students are able to do is awesome,” said McNamara. “They’re serving the community, but they’re also serving each other.”
This year, EWU’s Office of Community Engagement will be teaming up with McNamara to provide a wider range of community service opportunities. For the week of March 23-30, students will have the option to travel to Weed, California to continue to rebuild, or Reno, Nevada, to garden with Urban Roots. A non-profit organization, Urban Roots focuses on improving food security with children by encouraging healthy habits and teaching them to grow their own food.
Those staying in Spokane will also have an opportunity to help rebuild the local community from March 27-30, by volunteering alongside EWU’s Office of Community Engagement and Habitat for Humanity.
EWU’s Alternative Break Club will be hosting an informational session from 4:30- 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the snyamncut Great Room to go over trip costs and descriptions. Students interested in attending can sign up on EagleSync.
In order to volunteer in three separate cities, EWU’s Alternative Break Club is saving up money and would appreciate all the help it can get. Those interested in supporting the cause can donate here.