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Pacific students partner with pair of agencies to help needy

Collegians spend break in San Francisco

Twelve Pacific University students spent spring break in San Francisco last week volunteering at homeless shelters and hunger organizations.

Known as Alternative Spring Break, the trip is an annual excursion organized through the university's Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). It was led this year by undergraduates Katie Lindabury and Esther Dunbar.

The group spent most of its time in San Francisco and the Bay Area's Peninsula region. Volunteer efforts included serving breakfast to the homeless at Glide Memorial Church and repackaging bulk foods at the San Francisco Food Bank.

The group also spent time in Daly City, south of San Francisco, volunteering at a family shelter and participating in a Habitat for Humanity homebuilding effort.

CCE also coordinates Alternative Fall Break. Last October, students traveled to Tacoma, Wash., to provide similar community support to local organizations. The group volunteered at soup kitchens and shelters and repackaged food for My Sister's Pantry.