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UW Tacoma 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.  


“As students, we don’t always get the chance to step away from the classroom for hands-on experiences. However, through BreakAway I have not only gotten real job experience, but I have learned more about my community and myself. After BreakAway I feel empowered to do so much more to work toward meaningful change in my community.”

-Student BreakAway Participant, 2017

Tell your friends!

BreakAway comes in so many forms. We love more participants, more community involvement, and new ideas! Share the news and get your friends excited about BreakAway. More information about BreakAway is available her


We don't just need monetary support! Here are some items we commonly need for BreakAway and volunteer service:

  • Non-perishable foods
  • Rain Gear
  • Gas Gift-Cards
  • Connections to low-cost lodging
  • Expertise in Social Issues
  • Food for Training
  • Creative Ideas, Connections, and Community

2018-19 BreakAway Trips:

BreakAway strives to be accessible for all students. This season, BreakAway is piloting short-program BreakAways. We still have a weeklong trip this Spring. For both programs, the cost directly to students is limited to $50 and can be assisted through BreakAway. However, three-day trips are estimated to cost $200 per student, and week-long trips will remain approximately $450 per student. Because of this, we need your support covering the cost so students can continue to do meaningful work in our communities! Support students working at Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Buford Park, and Lifelong, by donating to BreakAway.



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






Donate A Day Of Food

Help keep our volunteers fed

$20=  One day of Food 

One Night of Lodging

Help keep our volunteers rested

$50=  One day of REST 

Student Training

Help us learn to be a team.

$100=  training costs for all