Sac State students will use
alternative break to serve community

The term “spring break” usually conjures up images of carefree college kids, sunshine, beaches and revelry. But for at least a few dozen Sacramento State students, it means something considerably more worthwhile.
Those students will use spring break week, March 31 to April 4, for various community service activities as part of Sacramento State’s Alternative Break.
“It’s a short-term community service commitment, from one to five days, for students who feel like they’d rather do something for others rather than just themselves,” said program coordinator Brendan McVeigh.
The program began in spring 2007 with roughly 20 students, and grew to 53 last winter, he said. This spring’s projects will include events honoring Cesar Chavez on his birthday, March 31, helping with an American River cleanup, assisting the Sacramento Food Bank, and homebuilding with Habitat for Humanity.
Participants in the program gain the satisfaction of helping others, gain valuable experience and learn more about their own service, leadership and teamwork skills and also form lasting friendships with their co-workers, McVeigh said.
For more information on the program, contact McVeigh at (916) 278-4954, or visit

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