Office of Service-Learning
& Volunteer Programs
West Chester University
Office Location: B 19 Killinger Hall
Mailing Address: 238 Sykes Union
West Chester, PA 19383
What is Alternative Break?
Alternative Break is the perfect answer to, “what are you doing over Spring Break?” This program is geared towards students interested in making a difference in their community through meaningful volunteer work. The trips are organized by student leaders and usually focus around one specific social problem. Participants spend the week doing hands on volunteer work, traveling somewhere new, and making a difference. This Spring Break, Sat. March 15 – Sat. March 22, we are offering two trips:
Trip 1: A Seed On Diamond: Reimagining a Vibrant City
About the Trip: The Mission - Painting, Planting, and Participation
Living Accommodations/ Travel: Students will be staying at Betsy Casañas’ Home and Gallery - Diamond St., Norris Square, Philadelphia PA (near Fishtown and Northern Liberties). Hostel Style - communal sleeping spaces and shared bathrooms. Vans and a driver will be provided.
How to Apply: Applications will be available in the beginning of spring semester on OrgSync.
Questions: Contact Trip Leader, Meghan Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip 2: Exploring Issues of Affordable Housing in Pendleton County, West Virginia
About the Trip: Participants will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge. Habitat for Humanity aims to alleviate poverty by assisting families to build affordable homes. West Chester University students will be building and repairing homes for families dealing with issues of poverty in a rural setting. Pendelton County is 3 hours from Washington DC and right in the heart of Appalachia. This Habitat for Humanity Chapter has built over 120 new homes and has performed over 500 repairs for families in need. Participants will be learning carpentry skills, while also learning about issues of affordable housing and generational poverty.
Living Accommodations/ Travel:Our group will be staying in the Volunteer Center provided by Habitat for Humanity's affiliate organization, and we will have access to a kitchen to make group meals.The group will be taking WCU vans and drivers will be provided.
How to Apply: Applications will open on November 4th and will close on November 20th. Applications and more information can be found on OrgSync under: ‘Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs’. Students participating in the program must be in good standing with the University and have at least a 2.3 GPA.