Sacramento State students help feed the hungry during the 2012 Alternative Break.
College students traditionally head to the beach or mountains for spring break, but 45 Sacramento State students will participate next week in another springtime tradition known as Alternative Break. Each one has committed to volunteer for a day – or more – to support the efforts of five nonprofits that serve our community.
“For the students, it gives them a chance to volunteer during their free time, and they get to see where they might want to volunteer in the future,” says Kay Oghoghorie, program student assistant at Sac State’s Community Engagement Center. “Volunteers are everything to nonprofits, and we always get things done quickly.”
Students will work in groups of 15 to 20 at each site. Here is the 2014 Alternative Break schedule:
Monday, March 24 – Harvest Sacramento. Sac State students helped plant a community garden in Oak Park last year and will return to weed and landscape.
Tuesday, March 25 – Sacramento Habitat for Humanity. Students will accept, price and clean donations at the ReStore, which sells low-cost furnishings, building materials and appliances.
Wednesday, March 26 – Meals on Wheels by ACC. The students will prepare the day’s meals for delivery to homebound seniors.
Thursday, March 27 – Sacramento Tree Foundation. Students will plant seedlings and do some landscaping at a site to be determined.
Friday, March 28 – All About Equine Animal Rescue. Students will power-wash barns and stables, paint, landscape – “and pet a lot of horses,” says Oghoghorie.
Alternative Break is a program of the Community Engagement Center. Associated Students Inc. is a sponsor of the event.