Published 04/02/15

2015 Spring Break in Washington, DC

A spring break of service to others

When Bryant offered students a spring break focused on volunteering, Alexis Nagle ’17 (South Windsor, CT) jumped.

“I have always had a passion for community service, and I am fortunate that Bryant offers incredible opportunities like these,” says Nagle, the student coordinator for the trip.

Nagle was among 14 Bryant students who elected to spend spring break in Washington D.C., volunteering at local service agencies and performing work that improves society.

The group completed three full days of service at locations including:

  • The Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan, a residence for elderly men and women.
  • St. Anthony Catholic School
  • Brinton Woods, a nursing home and rehabilitation facility that provides long- and short-term care

Bryant students' help "is what keeps our organization running.”

“It was so hard to say goodbye to every organization at the end of the week, knowing that we made such a huge impact in just a few short days,” Nagle says.

To help cover trip expenses, the students held a variety of fundraisers before their departure for the nation's capital. 

During the trip, students visited residents in nursing homes, helped elementary school students with their homework, and delivered more than 400 meals to those who depend on home-delivered food.

“Bryant University was such a huge help to our organization,” says Stephanie Armstrong, volunteer services delivery associate for Food & Friends. “Their help is what keeps our organization running.”

Following each day of service, the students reflected on how their experiences challenged their perceptions.

“I had the time of my life meeting so many new people and helping many others along the way,” says Amy Rajpolt ’17 (Monroe, CT). “It was really eye-opening to see how the suffering of other people sometimes goes unnoticed.”