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© Copyright 2018 Alternative Spring Break

Seattle, WA

Site Leaders

Kate Price

Paige O'Brien

Type of Service

Human Services

Site Partner(s)

Lifelong

TRIP INFO

LOGISTICS

Departure Date

3/7/2020

Return Date

3/14/2020

Participants

10

Cost/Person

$900.00

Site Leader Description #1

Paige is a third year in the School of Nursing who loves Trader Joe's hauls, hiking culture, and posting on her book instagram. You can usually find her in scrubs only within the radius of the Corner-Nursing School and back... she rarely goes anywhere else. She went to San Juan her first year of ASB and led a trip to Portland last year! She’s very passionate about health promotion/education and is excited to explore what that looks like in Seattle through the work with Lifelong. Warning to future participants: she is obsessed with the PNW and fully plans on moving there after graduation so she may talk your ear off about why you should move there too.

Site Leader Description #2

Kate a third year in the Curry School of Education who loves going on drives all over cville blasting her “simple alt jams” playlist made by her co-site leader, Paige, finding dope spots to stargaze, and posting up on a porch with a good book. You can usually find her on the hunt for the best chai latte in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas (hit her up if want the list). Kate went on her first ASB trip last year to Denver and worked with habitat and a non-profit focused on restorative justice called Angelica Village. (Ask her about it). She is passionate about equality in education, breaking stigmas surrounding mental health, and is super excited to learn about Seattle education culture by working with Lifelong. P.S. Kate and Paige are besties who love all the things mentioned above, but they also love working together. They will be housemates this year and serve as the sisterhood chairs for their sorority.

Trip Logistics

We will be driving to Paige’s house in NOVA on Friday and staying the night before our flight early on Saturday. In Seattle we are staying in a bougie hostel ~ The City Hostel ~ right in the heart of downtown. Our hostel is pretty close to a lot of activities and we will use public transportation to get to our service sites and other fun recreational activities. The hostel provides free breakfast and we will be cooking lunches/dinners along with exploring the Seattle food scene. We will be returning on Saturday the 15th and drive back to Charlottesville very late that night.

Participant Requirements

Participants should be willing to work hard and be open to different types of service - each day will vary in what we will be doing and the interactions with the community. Participants should also have an open mind and be cognisant of any biases they may bring to the trip. We will be working with a very vulnerable population and want to be helpful in a way that is non-judgemental and compassionate. They should also be ready to have a lot of fun and make 10 new friends!

Service Activities

This trip will be working with a service organization that is unprecedented in UVA ASB history and we could not be more excited for the work we will be doing with Lifelong. Lifelong’s mission is to “empower people living with or at risk of HIV and/or other chronic conditions to live healthier lives”. They have a wide variety of programs to support these clients ranging from housing, medical, dental, case management, education/prevention, and more. The area we will be working with is their “Chicken Soup Brigade” - this program uses food as medicine to improve the nutritional status/overall health of their clients. Service activities could range from time spent in Kitchen preparing meals, time spent in Warehouse helping grocery rescue teams, and days in the pickup center interacting directly with clients.

Recreational Activities

We will have plenty of time to explore Seattle and even go on a hike - we plan on dedicating a full day to drive outside of Seattle to do an amazing hike. Other local recreational activities include a trip to Pike Place Market, exploring Ballard Locks/Gaswork Park, thrift shopping, doing hikes in Seattle, touring UW, and taking a ferry to Bainbridge Island. Seattle is an amazing city with so much to do and we don’t plan on missing out! Card games and time spent cooking meals together are also sure to be highlights of the trip.

Community/Area Background

Seattle is the largest city in both Washington and the Pacific Northwest! It is extremely fast-growing and home to big company HQs like Amazon and Microsoft. These big businesses can be great for the economy but also bring along big problems like income inequality and housing gaps. Seattle features various neighborhoods with distinct highlights and problems - we will be staying right in the heart of downtown and working in the Georgetown Neighborhood (though Lifelong serves all of Greater Seattle).