Break Description

Have a passion for promoting healthy lifestyle choices? Want to do your part to ensure our neighbors have access to healthy, locally grown produce? Then join us as we serve with Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA), a non-profit coalition of agencies, parents, youth and concerned citizens in Page County. PACA works to provide a healthy, drug-free environment for those in Page County, with a focus on preventing substance abuse among youth and combating childhood obesity with physical activities and nutritional education. 

Last year, PACA planted a community garden at the rural health clinic in Stanley, VA, with the goal of providing at least 200 lbs. of produce to underserved and disadvantaged families. This year, they’ll continue that work in Stanley and will also plant a new garden in nearby Luray. On Saturday, we’ll spend a full day in either Stanley or Luray. Possible projects include building raised garden beds, weeding, and planting. On Sunday, we’ll gather at JMU or virtually to complete a half-day advocacy or philanthropy project. 

Find more registration details and sign-up online ASAP!

Alternative Breaks in the time of COVID: 

Because of the pandemic and the changes to the university’s spring schedule, Alternative Spring Break will be different this year. Here’s what you need to know about all of our Alternative Spring Breaks: 

  • All breaks will include a day-long, in-person service experience and a half-day, on-campus or virtual advocacy or philanthropy project. 
  • Participants must pack a lunch for their service day. 
  • All of our breaks take place within a one-hour drive of campus. 
  • Transportation will be provided in JMU vehicles at no more than 50% capacity. However, we will ask all participants who are able and willing to drive personal vehicles to the service site in order to limit density. 
  • Students will not be permitted to participate if they are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, if they have been instructed to quarantine or isolate in the past two weeks, or if they have been in direct, close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks. 
  • Masks will be required at all times (except for when eating lunch). This includes during service, and during travel. 
  • Participants will be asked to regularly disinfect all high-touch surfaces, including work tools, at the service site. 
  • Participants will maintain a six-foot distance from others whenever possible. 
  • Our community partners have agreed to maintain COVID-19 safety practices and protocols in line with the CDC the Virginia Department of Health and to support all JMU COVID-19 mitigation practices. 

Our Broader Commitment:

JMU is a member of the University Global Coalition with the United Nations and is committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals. In alignment with Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA)'s mission and services, you can learn more about Good Health and Well-Being HERE.

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Focus on: Supporting Wellness

Community: Page County VA

Leaders: Kurt Finkenstaedt and Dagmawi Mamo

Cost: $Free!

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Weekend Break

Departure Date: 03-27-2021

Return Date: 03-28-2021

What community partner will you be working with? Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA)

Currently Offered?: Yes

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