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Kellie Cook

Student Spotlight, June 2008

Kelly Cook stacks windows for sale at Habitat for Humanity's "Restore"During the week of Alternative Break – Winter 2008, Kellie Cook participated in four day-long volunteer projects, volunteering with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, Sacramento Tree Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Two of the days, Kellie was team leader, helping to delegate tasks, orient new volunteers, and serve as a point of reference for community partners.

Rushing to and from the sites, “cramming Alternative Break between double [rowing team] practices and work commitments,” Kellie was eager to participate and did so with a great deal of energy and initiative. One of the days, she brought along 25 members of the Sac State women’s rowing team to participate as well.

Alternative Break –Winter 2008 wasn’t Kellie’s first run in with community service. In fact, Kellie grew up volunteering. She and her family volunteered with their church in Seattle, participating in yearly mission trips, including one summer project with Habitat for Humanity.

Kellie said, “I think the benefit of participating in any kind of community service is knowing that you’re helping someone. It’s the feel good feeling that you get just knowing that you’re making a difference… that you’re making a mark that’s going to last!”

Kelly Cook, second left, joins some of her alternative break peers for lunch.When asked about her experiences with Alternative Break, Kellie replied, “I had a blast!” She developed friendships with people she had never before met, enhanced her leadership abilities, and used teamwork skills that she says will “absolutely help [me] the rest of my life.”

Ultimately, Kellie hopes to bridge her Health Science education and her drive to give back to the community. She is studying to become a nurse and woul like to one day "work with an organization like Doctors Without Borders,” where she can utilize her education in a way that really improves people’s lives.

Kellie plans to continue participating in upcoming Alternative Breaks and hopes to further engage in programs both on and off campus to become more familiar with the volunteer opportunities that exist in the greater Sacramento region.  


Each year, more than two thousand Sacramento State students, faculty, staff, and alumni participate in programs and projects sponsored by Community Engagement Center. Programs such as Alternative Break, AmeriCorps Students in Service, Sac State Serves, and Service Learning fulfill our mission to facilitate learning and engagement by linking campus and community for mutual benefit. Through Spotlight, Community Engagement Center will highlight outstanding individuals and programs advancing community engagement in the Sacramento region.

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last updated: 1/15/2009