Alternative Spring Break at VCU
Organized by: Anna Hegeler
Event Name: VCU Broad Street Mile 2016
We are an alternative break program places teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning. Students leave behind the world of books and laboratories and enter communities grappling with issues as varied as urban poverty, racism, hunger, inadequate housing, and environmental damage. In doing so, these students are able to contribute to the community through their hard work. Communities benefit from the tangible work completed, while students gain a broader understanding of the world around them. Many students have hailed the experience as fundamentally life-changing and the best week they’ve ever had. Each year, Alternative Spring Break at VCU organizes service trips that send more than one hundred VCU students to various sites around the country and beyond, amounting to more than 5,000 community service hours each year that address different issues. In addition to providing community service, participants gain applied educational and personal experiences and discover their role as global citizens. Funds raised with help go towards our travel and lodging expenses.