May Break

May Break 2015 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. All are welcome to apply; graduating seniors will have priority in selection.

About May Break
  • Dates: May 25 - 30, 2015
  • 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!
What Will We Do?

The break will focus on issues of food justice and access to healthy food. 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.

Day 1: Morning at SOME (service TBD), afternoon at Bread for the City (working in their free farmer's market)

Day 2: Morning at DC Central Kitchen (meal prep), afternoon at Martha's Table (assisting with healthy shopping trip)

Day 3: Morning at Arcadia Mobile Market (outreach help), afternoon at Food and Friends (meal prep)

Day 4: Morning at Capital Area Food Bank (sorting and packaging food), afternoon at ECO City Farms (gardening)


 A fee of $150 per person includes transportation, food, housing, and coordination for the service sites. Financial aid is available for those with financial need; please apply by May 4.


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 and Lead

Apply to be a Site Leader for May Break by Monday, May 4 at 9 am.

Apply to participate by Monday, May 4 at 9 am. All participants will be required to attend pre-trip meetings.