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Alternative Spring Breaks

Accessible and Affordable Healthcare: Northern Neck - Middlesex Free Health Clinic

Kilmarnock, VA

From March 13 - 19, alternative breakers will partner with Northern Neck - Middlesex Free Health Clinic (NNMFHC) in Kilmarnock, VA to assist in administrative tasks in the health clinic and explore the topic of social justice in the health care system. NNMFHC has provided $112,876,244 worth of services from 1993 through 2018, working to fill critical health-care gaps in Virginia. The Clinic serves low-income, uninsured and under-insured residents in Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties – an extensive, rural area in Tidewater Virginia.

Participants will learn about racial equity and accessibility in the medical field, and will shadow doctors, nurses and dentists. They will also assist in prescription distribution and patient eligibility screening.

Housing will be provided by NNMFHC. There are six bedrooms provided plus two big rooms for sleeping bags. There will also be a stocked kitchen, shower, and place to store valuables.

Sustainable Food, Poverty, and Disability: Lynchburg Grows

Lynchburg, VA

From March 13-18, alternative breakers will partner with Lynchburg Grows in Lynchburg, VA to learn about how the organization fulfills its unique mission of working with its local community to provide access to healthy food and to afford purposeful jobs to individuals with disabilities. Lynchburg Grows is a seven-acre urban farm dedicated to providing access to fresh, local, produce for Lynchburg residents, restaurants, and organizations, while also providing onsite vocational training for disabled and low-income individuals.

Students will work directly with Lynchburg Grows’ facilities through direct service by harvesting/processing food and preparing/maintaining beds for food production, while learning more about sustainable food production.

Housing will be provided by the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Showers, beds/cots/sofas, and a stocked kitchen will be provided. There is not a place to store valuables, but the group will be able to lock their room.

Food Access, Regenerative Agriculture, and Environmental Stewardship

Upper Marlboro, MD

From March 13 - 18th, alternative breakers will collaborate with Clagett Farm at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Upper Marlboro, MD, to learn about food access, regenerative agriculture, and environmental stewardship. Clagett Farm’s ultimate goal is to use farming methods that are truly sustainable, both economically and environmentally. The farm raises crops, cattle, and sheep and supports a Community Supported Agriculture program and tree farm. Alternative breakers will perform service with Clagett’s native tree and shrub nursery, the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, and Clagett’s vegetable operation. Participants will assist with advocacy/policy work as well as provide farm work.
Housing will be provided locallly; details TBA.
Content Warning: This Break and its education, orientation, and training may include discussions of or contact with poverty and classism, environmental racism, chronic illness, and disability and ableism.