May Break 2014 is an alternative break to DC focusing on issues related to food justice. As part of this trip, you'll get to work with community organizations on issues of hunger, sustainability and poverty, and make friends who can be part of your core group of active citizens.
For graduating seniors, this group can continue as you acclimate to your new city - and for continuing students, you can build connections that may grow as you take internships and jobs in DC later. We will prioritize selecting participants who will be in DC for the summer or have plans to relocate to DC long-term.
About May Break
- Dates: May 18 - 23, 2014
- Your team will be composed of your new neighbors - fellow recent W&M alumni who are moving to DC and other students interested in the issue.
- Research has shown that the years immediately following college can be the most challenging time to commit to volunteering, but May Break offers you an opportunity for you to form a community to volunteer with and work together for social justice.
- Through the week,you will meet with alumni who were active in community engagement during their time at W&M and now live in DC, to hear their stories and learn from their experiences.
- While it is an alternative break, you’re essentially traveling to a host community that will soon be your home community. Reorientation could never be easier!
- Bring your bathing suit - the group will be staying in a swim club in Arlington!
What Will We Do?
The break will focus on issues of food justice and access to healthy food. Community partners include DC Central Kitchen (meal prep), Martha's Table (with Martha's School Markets), Food & Friends (meal prep and delivery), Eco City Farms, and Capitol Area Food Bank (direct distribution in Langley Park).
The group will be participating in service projects daily, with most days visiting two different community partners. There will also be down time to explore the city, cook and hang out.
Thanks to free housing, the trip will cost $100 per person. The fee includes transportation, food, and housing for the service sites. Financial aid is available for those with financial need.
Transportation will be provided to and from Williamsburg. If you will be in the DC area and would like to meet us there, that is fine. For the length of the trip, we do ask that you stay with the group to build unity.
Apply to Participate
Apply to participate by April 29 at 9 am. All participants will be required to attend pre-trip meetings, so please also complete this doodle poll by April 29 to indicate your availability (treat this week as a sample week, not just that specific week).