Group of UW Tacoma Students Skips the Beach, Spends Break Helping Others

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The Alternative Breakaway program offers students, faculty, and staff a chance to spend breaks volunteering.

A group of University of Washington Tacoma students are in Sacramento this week.  Members of the Asian Pacific Islander Student Union are helping the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity build homes and prepare properties. Members of the Asian Pacific Islander Student Union take a break to pose for a picture.  Photo courtesy: Nha Nguyen

The students are participating in the Center for Service and Leadership’s Alternative Breakaway program.  Breakaway trips offer students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to spend their vacations helping others.  The experience is part of the University’s mission to transform communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery. 

Members of the APISU raised money for the 1400 mile roundtrip by collecting donations through the UW Foundation’s Make a Gift program.  The funds were used to pay for things like van rental, gas, food, and lodging.

The students are working on multiple projects in the area.  One involves removing debris from a property so other volunteer crews can begin work on a home for a family of six.  The family currently lives in a three bedroom apartment. 

The group’s trip has garnered attention from television stations in Sacramento.  You can hear what the students think of the experience by watching the stories on KCRA or KOVR.

Written by: 
Eric Wilson-Edge / March 24, 2016
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or