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UW Tacoma Alternative Breakaway is a student lead program offering any student a week long volunteer opportunity to take a meaningful break from school to serve with others.   Students will graciously donate to their break to make a difference in our communities and nonprofits while working toward their personal and professional growth.  We aim to keep BreakAway accessible, regardless of students’ ability to pay.  In order to keep costs down for student volunteers we need your help!  All funds raised go directly to the Breakaway Fund to cover travel, lodging, food and training expenses for participants.

Thank you for your support.  

Support Aly's BreakAway!

BreakAway is a wonderful opportunity for students to commune and volunteer to create a difference in the restoration of nature. This program will be sending me and other volunteers to Eugene, OR this March in order to restore Buford Park, Pisgah Mountain, and the Turtle Flats! This trip is incredibly important to me, as it will progress my experience in restoration practices and will allow me the time to serve my community. Spring break is going to be one I will remember for a lifetime, and I look forward to the knowledge I will gain over the course of the week! 

"Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day"- Gifford Pinchot 

Aly Gross

UWT student

MY TRIP DATES:  March 24th-30th


For more information about breakway and upcoming trips visit 



The Center for Service and Lea today gave me an insight to think about the world that I would've never thought of.- Anonymous Reflection


Now that it’s almost over I feel that I’ve really grown as a person. I’ve learned more about myself on this trip and the importance of having a sense of community, relationships, appreciations, and teamwork. - Anonymous Reflection


I think I really appreciated every moment of today. I got to connect with my peers annd I was able to see/acknowledge a fear that I still need to confront- Anonymous Reflection

My understanding has become more compassionate. I know now what this place is and stands for. And it's not just a place to sleep and eat.- Anonymous Reflection






Help keep our volunteers fed

$20=  One day of Food 

Help keep our volunteers rested

$50=  One day of REST 

Help us learn to be a team.

$100=  training costs for all