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Ready, Set, Serve!
The University of Washington Tacoma’s Alternative Spring Breakaway Program is heading in two directions this year; one trip will be heading to New Orleans, Louisiana to get to know and serve with the community there and the second trip will be diving deeper into learning the needs  of and serving our own community here in Tacoma. This year the trips will be taking place from March 23rd to March 29th (the week of spring break) and will hopefully allow 25 or more students the opportunity to experience how service with and beside can impact not only the community they are serving but how impactful it can be for them as well.


Started in 2010, UWT’s Spring Breakaway Program has provided unique ways for students and faculty to spend their week long break serving another community while gaining just as much from the experience. Students have traveled to Portland, Oregon, Neah Bay, Washington, Noma, West Virginia and other places over the years living with people they had just met, sometimes sleeping on the floor, couches, or even outside in tents to be of service to others in their time away from classes. Even for just the week spent away each year students complete hundreds of hours of service work with their community partners and reflect on the root causes of social issues that sound the call to service.






What is Spring Breakaway?
This is an experience for students, created by students. Most major universities across the country have a form of an Alternative Spring Break program; while they might not be called Spring Breakaway like ours they have very similar missions, to give students the option to do something different and meaningful on their week away from classes through service work or volunteering. The University of Washington Tacoma is a small campus that is growing exponentially each year and much like the campus itself our Spring Breakaway program has hit a period of growth in the last two years.  One of the major ways that our fledgling program differs from programs at larger universities is that all Spring Breakaway Trips are planned by students with their fellow students in mind. 





This Year’s Trips:

NOLA Trip: The trip to New Orleans will be working with youth centers, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. This kind of service focuses on relationship building, which is essential to providing students with a deep understanding of how the obstacles they are attempting to eradicate are truly, affecting the individuals they are serving. Furthermore, the students will be working with individuals of vastly different ages as well as different life situations, thus presenting them with a diverse spectrum of perspectives, giving them a fuller image of the community at large. Concerning the people we are serving, we hope our service acts as a resource to achieve their goals that might otherwise not have been achieved and that it expands their view of the kindness in the world. For this trip, the money raised will go towards paying for lodging, food, and transportation to and from the work sites. By providing these basic necessities, you are allowing a far larger percentage of students to have the ability to participate in this life-changing event. Not only does this mean that there is an equal opportunity for students to participate, but it also means that more students will be able to get involved, which increases our capacity to give and serve. Our impact on these communities and these students will increase with every dollar that you donate.
 
Tacoma Trip: The theme of this year’s local trip is educational equity and accessibility in higher education in an urban education setting seeing as UWT is an urban-serving campus. The Reengagement Center is a non-traditional high school for students who are credit-deficit. In their mission, they state that they are "dedicated to helping every student succeed every day," and this coincides with my overall goal for Spring Breakaway. In schools such as the Reengagement Center, there are limited opportunities for creative projects and field service due to the student’s preoccupation with graduating and earning credits. However, with our Spring Breakaway I want to create a service project with photography and using those skills to help the student’s find their own voice and tell their own story, which often go untold. Therefore, through the use of photography we want to help empower the students as well as set aside time to be mentor’s and tutor’s so that we are not taking away from their academic time. In addition to our work with students, this will be a growing experience for the UWT volunteers and they will also use photography to express what service and Spring Breakaway meant for them at the end of our week. Both UWT students and the students at the Reengagement Center will then have a chance to showcase their work by putting together a student-led gallery. The money raised for this trip will provide the UWT students will transportation to and from the service site each day, as well as meals throughout the day for the students who are spending their break serving their community.  




What Past Breakers had to Say:  


“When I decided to go on Spring Breakaway as a sophomore I was terrified at the idea of going somewhere with a group of people I didn’t know, the only reason I signed up was because I knew one of the coordinators that year. The trainings freaked me out a little because I was extremely shy; they pushed me out of my comfort zone in a good way. The Port Angles trip was one of the best things I have ever done. I got to know amazing people I would have never met other wise and I realized that I really cared about service. The trip also pushed me to get involved on campus, which is something that I really would not have considered before. I loved the experience I had on the Port Angles trip that I wanted to give other students the opportunity to have one just as meaningful as mine. I led the Neah Bay trip the next year and was able to fuse my trip with all of the social justice concepts that I have learned in my studies. The experience of planning and leading a trip was incredible, if I could find a career that would allow me to talk about things that matter and meet amazing people like SB did I would be extremely happy.”
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Gabi Nava SB Participant 2013, SB Coordinator 2014  


“The Spring Breakaway trip in whole was beneficial. After participating on the trip, I have felt a personal growth with motivation and eagerness to continue my service for both the community and the campus.   The relationships and connections we created on the trip with both the staff and the students who attended but also with the contacts for the trips… have led to the exposure of my passion to continue my service learning for the community and the campus.   I plan to share the reality of the issues of disability, urban city, poverty, and the strength of community with my family and friends.”   - 2012 Spring Breakaway Participant  


“I remember the first time this happened [we] had planned and led it. It was challenging and somewhat stressful. However, it was during this time I became more confident, and ever more sure I wanted to become, and ever more sure I wanted to become a teacher. I’m so glad to have gone through this, because it made me more patient and aware of other people’s emotions.”
- 2010 Spring Breakaway Coordinator, 2011 Spring Breakaway Participant




Closing Thoughts:  

Spring Breakaway is a way for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to actions they can take in their community, as well as a way to foster personal growth.  This experience is one that every student at UWT should have access to if they chose to commit; with the funds that we raise every student will have equal access to these trips. By donating you are not just supporting the program you are supporting the students of UWT. Your donation is giving students to expand their college experience and learning to the fullest.

2 days left! 

  Published on Monday, Mar. 9, 2015 at 04:11 PM (PST)
With just two days remaining in our campaign, we only have $360 left to raise! We can do this with YOUR help! If you haven't watched our video yet, we encourage you to do so. See what an important impact these trips can make on the lives of the UW Tacoma students that are participating, and the impact they'll make on the communities they will be volunteering in. 

Here are some things students have said about past Spring Breakaway trips. Help us hit 100% of our goal so more students can have these great experiences!

"The Port Angles trip was one of the best things I have ever done. I got to know amazing people I would have never met other wise and I realized that I really cared about service. The trip also pushed me to get involved on campus, which is something that I really would not have considered before."  Gabi Nava SB Participant 2013, SB Coordinator 2014   

“The Spring Breakaway trip in whole was beneficial. After participating on the trip, I have felt a personal growth with motivation and eagerness to continue my service for both the community and the campus.   The relationships and connections we created on the trip with both the staff and the students who attended but also with the contacts for the trips… have led to the exposure of my passion to continue my service learning for the community and the campus.   I plan to share the reality of the issues of disability, urban city, poverty, and the strength of community with my family and friends.”   - 2012 Spring Breakaway Participant   



Spring Break Away Tacoma and New Orleans 2015 

  Published on Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015 at 05:38 PM (PST)
We had our first training session last week for our upcoming trips!!! These are the wonderful students you are supporting by contributing to our campaign!








We Are Half Way There! 

  Published on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at 08:48 PM (PST)
The countdown begins! We have 15 days left in our campaign, and just 26 more days until we kick off our Spring Breakaway Trips! Will you help us raise the last $1,515.00 we need to hit our goal? We are so excited at the outpouring of support we've received, and we want to give a big thank you to all of you that have donated so far!

Emily Albee
Willie Banks
Naina Bhandari
Danny Bhandari
Amit Bhandari
Anil Bhandari
Rashmi Bhandari
Denise Carl
Sherry Cresoln
John Doan
Brad Doll
Melissa Grunow
Cassa Hanon
Elizabeth Hansen
Terri Heckroth
Ekta Khanna
Patrick McMahon
Robert McMahon
Laura Mochinski
Michelle Mulhair
Janice Pendergast
Matthew Racz
Kenneth Samuel
Shirley Siloi
Chelsie Taresh Ciscell
… and our 7 anonymous donors!

If you've already donated, please considering sharing our story with your family and friends, too!

Meridian, MS Spring Breakaway Trip 2013







26% funded! Help us get to 30%! 

  Published on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at 08:56 PM (PST)
Thank you to our early donors, we are appreciative of your support! We are making a big push to hit our first milestone of raising 30% of our goal. Campaigns that reach 30% have a 90% chance of reaching their entire goal. To do this we need your help to rally people around donating. We have donation options as low as $5.00! You can view our Impact Items on the right side of our campaign page to see how different donation amounts can support our trips. For example, $25 covers food costs for one day for a student participating in the Tacoma trip! $50 covers food AND lodging for one day for a student participating in the New Orleans trip!

Thank you again for the outpouring of support we have seen thus far. It is so exciting to know how many people value the work we are trying to do!



Neah Bay, WA Spring Breakaway Trip 2014


Ed Mirecki

Gave $225.00

Gabi Nava

Gave $5.00

mitchell fuhlman

Gave $215.00

Elise Morey

Gave $15.00

Schynequa Mathis

Gave $5.00

Jenifer McMahon

Gave $100.00

Katheryn Camm

Gave $5.00

Gave $100.00

Christine Anacker

Gave $100.00

Gave $50.00

Kanza Hamidani

Gave $5.00

Andrea Coker-Anderson

Gave $225.00

Laura Mochinski

Gave $25.00

Janet Rutledge

Gave $50.00

Linda Patterson

Gave $100.00

Sandy Sallean

Gave $10.00

Danny Bhandari

Gave $500.00

John Doan

Gave $100.00

Janice Pendergast

Gave $100.00

Rashmi Bhandari

Gave $100.00

Elizabeth Hansen

Gave $25.00

Melissa Grunow

Gave $25.00

Willie Banks

Gave $25.00

Ekta Khanna

Gave $100.00

Naina Bhandari

Gave $680.00

Amit Bhandari

Gave $500.00

Laura Mochinski

Gave $30.00

Patrick McMahon

Gave $100.00

Denise Carl

Gave $25.00

Chelsie Taresh Ciscell

Gave $25.00

Shirley Siloi

Gave $25.00

Emily Albee

Gave $25.00

Terri Heckroth

Gave $50.00

ROBERT MCMAHON

Gave $100.00

Anil Bhandari

Gave $500.00

Sherry Cresoln

Gave $25.00

KENNETH SAMUEL

Gave $100.00

Brad Doll

Gave $50.00

Michelle Mulhair

Gave $25.00

Cassa Hanon

Gave $100.00

Matthew Racz

Gave $5.00

19 supporters have chosen not to be listed for "UW Tacoma Spring Breakaway 2015".

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Bring Encouragement to the Hearts of Our Teams

Give $5

Every dollar donated encourages our team and helps build excitement for the work we are doing in our communities.

Cover Food Costs for One Day for Tacoma Trip Student

Give $25

Having food costs covered will allow us to provide meals for the students volunteering on this project as well as the high school students they are working with. Food will provide the physical energy need to do great work.

Cover Food and Lodging for a Day for a Student on the NOLA Trip

Give $50

Lodging for the New Orleans students is necessary in order to provide lodging in a safe environment for our students, in which they can get energized and pumped up before service projects, and debrief, reflect, and sleep after the days work. Meals provide fuel for long days of service.

Cover Cost of UCAR Rental for the Week for the Tacoma Trip

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Safe and reliable transportation for our volunteers will be important for the Tacoma trip in order to be able to deliver meals, transport our volunteers, and transport all necessary equipment.

Cover One Person's Lodging and Food for the Week for the NOLA Trip

Give $225

Lodging for the New Orleans students is necessary in order to provide lodging in a safe environment for our students, in which they can get energized and pumped up before service projects, and debrief, reflect, and sleep after the days work. Meals provide fuel for long days of service.

Van Rental for Entire NOLA Trip

Give $500

Safe and reliable transportation is necessary for our New Orleans trip in order to transport to and from our service sites each day. One 15 passenger van will be rented to meet this need - it will allow for the team to travel together each day.