ALTERNATIVE BREAK - WINTER 2009
Sacramento State students will participate in MLK Day 2009 as part of the Alternative Break program’s week of local community service projects. Alternative Break students commit to one to five day-long service projects, usually 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Each day, two student Team Leaders guide the activities and serve as the main point of contact for the community partners when on site. A unique part of Alternative Break is that it is centered locally in the Sacramento region, enabling students to learn more about local programs and future volunteer opportunities. By partnering with sites that also serve as service learning community partners, Alternative Break supports the Community Engagement Center’s goal of building long term, sustainable partnerships between the University and community through a variety of engagement endeavors.
On Monday, January 19, students will join local MLK Day volunteers organized through Hands on Sacramento on a school clean up and beautification project. Students will paint the school’s blacktop with frequency words, hopscotch, a US map and will also re-stripe safety circles, hold a trash clean-up, install new shelves and cabinets for the classrooms, and help teachers clean and organize their rooms.
On Tuesday, January 20, students will volunteer with the Sacramento Tree Foundation NeighborWoods program to learn about Urban Forestry. These students will tour local neighborhoods in Sacramento in order to provide outreach and sign up residents who want a shade tree planted in their front yard.
On Wednesday, January 21, Sac State students will volunteer at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, spending the day organizing food and clothing donations for the growing number of families using the Food Bank’s services.
On Thursday, January 22, student will plant shade trees in residences along the 65th Street corridor in a neighborhood close to campus.
On Friday, January 23, students will volunteer with Volunteer for America on a clean up project.
In the News
- Sacramento State FOCUS ON: Alternative Break
- Spotlight: Alternative Break
- 4/5/2008 “Students lay foundation for good deeds,” The State Hornet
- 3/24/2008 “Sac State students will use alternative break to serve community,” Sacramento State Bulletin
- 3/19/2008 "Alternative Break: breaking the mold," The State Hornet
- 2/26/2008 “Spring Alternative Break offers escape from party scene,” The State Hornet
- 2/26/2008 “Volunteer work triumphs spring break,” The State Hornet
- 1/31/2008 “In pursuit of selflessness,” The State Hornet
- 4/4/2007 “Students take an Alternative Break,” The State Hornet
- 3/13/2007 “Take an Alternative Break and provide some Shelter,” The State Hornet
- 3/5/2007 “Build a home strengthen ties; students to take a alternative spring break,” Sacramento State Bulletin
Alternative Break, a collaborative project sponsored by Sacramento State's Community Engagement Center, Student Organizations & Leadership, and Student Health Center, offers Sacramento State students an alternative option for academic breaks.last updated: 1/12/2010