Break Description

This break will be working with the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA an open admission animal shelter. Their mission is to promote respect, compassion, education, and advocacy resulting in a humane and sustainable environment for all animalsSome of the services the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA provides include a lost and found for pets, resources for those interested in adopting an animal, as well as cremation for a lost pet.  

**Co-sponsored with APO. The break is full** 

On Saturday, we’ll spend a full day at the shelter. Here’s how our partners describe the day’s project: 

Over the course of the past year, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has been rejuvenating our grounds to help inspire adopters to take home pets. Potential adopters are more likely to adopt from a clean facility than one that appears dirty, so we have been striving to clean up the grounds. We have added a mile-long walking trail, a pergola at the start of the trail, and four fenced meeting areas. We have also removed a lot of forgotten trash from areas recently opened up by the walking trail.  There is one last large assortment of debris to remove from our grounds. It will require several dumpsters or junk removal vehicles, some overgrowth removal, and lots of hands to help move the debris to the dumpsters. Perks of the job: hands-on time with cats & dogs and free pizza! 

On Sunday, we’ll gather at JMU or virtually to complete a half-day advocacy or philanthropy project.

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 Rockingham Harrisonburg Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' mission and services, you can learn more about Life on Land HERE.


Focus on: Preserving the Environment and Biodiversity

Community: Harrisonburg, VA

Leaders: Becca Boelsche and Charlotte Terry

Cost: $Free!

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Weekend Break

Departure Date: 03-06-2021

Return Date: 03-07-2021

What community partner will you be working with? Rockingham Harrisonburg Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Currently Offered?: Yes

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