DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES
SEEDS (Students for Education, Empowerment, & Direct Service)
Alternative Fall and Spring Break
SEEDS often sponsors a longer trip during spring or fall break, to let students get more in-depth experiences in their leisure time. In the past, students have volunteered on a central Oregon Native American Reservation and with various non-profits in New Orleans.
Interested in planning and coordinating a trip? Contact us!
SEEDS Alternative Spring Break 2013: Sustainable Food Systems on the Oregon Coast
We are now accepting applications for this year's ASB trip through Sunday, February 10th! Click here to download one.
Volunteers on this trip will work with Food Roots NW, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating a healthy food system for the North Coast of Oregon. Food Roots’ purpose is to serve as a catalyst and advocate for change in our food system. This trip will combine service, learning, and fun. Students will have the opportunity to work with farms and to educate youth about sustainable food systems. Ten Reed students will be selected to participate and financial assistance is available to all students who receive financial aid.COST: $170, which includes room and board, and van transportation to and around the coast.
Financial assistance is available to students who receive financial aid. Additionally, the group will work together on fundraising to make the trip affordable for everyone, so the estimated cost may be significantly lower depending on funds raised.
Interested in hearing more? Then come to one of these optional informational sessions (and feel free to bring a meal with you):
Thurs. 1/31, 4:30 to 5:30pm, Eliot 103
Tues. 2/5, 12 - 1pm, GCC 104, SEEDS Office
Trip leaders Heidi Whitehouse ’13 & Talia Tiffany ’13 will talk about the plans for this year’s trip & will be available to answer questions.
This trip will be emotionally and physically intensive, but extremely rewarding! If you think you are up for the challenge, we hope you’ll apply.
2012: This spring break, Reedies again returned to New Orleans to work for a week on a Habitat house and volunteer with Green Light New Orleans, an organization dedicated to replacing inefficient condescent lightbulbs around the city with far more efficient newer models.
2011: In March of 2011, a group of Reedies worked for four days on a new Habitat house, helping to build a foundation, floor, and exterior walls. Read an account of the trip here and see pictures here.
2006: In October of 2006, SEEDS coordinated a service trip with a group 12 Reedies who gutted houses, cooked, cleaned, delivered food and generally worked extremely hard for one week on Katrina recovery in the New Orleans Gulf Region with the Common Ground Collective, inspired in part by the call of Heidi Reich '05. To learn more, you can see photos from the SEEDS NOLA service trip or download journal entry reflections written on the trip home by participants.