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Sac State cares: Students spend spring break helping others

Doctorate honorees Sacramento State’s proud tradition of community service expanded farther during this year’s Alternative Spring Break, as student volunteers spent their week helping the people of Santa Rosa and Sonoma recovering from last fall’s disastrous wildfires.

Meanwhile, dozens of other student volunteers stayed in Sacramento for a week of service, cleaning up trash along the American River and weeding campus stormwater-project sites and the BAC (Bioconversion and Agricultural Collaborative) Yard.

“Experiences like this can be transformative,” says Dana Kivel, director of Sac State’s Community Engagement Center. “I hope that the students felt pride in knowing that what they did … made a difference in the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people.”

Kivel’s view was reflected by students’ own comments on the week. “Getting to work hands-on in the community and see the change we made was incredible,” says Jen Gross. “I loved getting to talk with members of the Sonoma community and hear how much our help meant to them.”
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