Make an impact with Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break 16 Day 1 25 1024x683 - Make an impact with Alternative Spring BreakSpring is coming up soon, which means now is the time to start making those Spring Break plans. And we’re thrilled to again offer college students an “alternative” with our Alternative Spring Break.

Last year, dozens of college students from throughout the United States gathered in Fairview for our Alternative Spring Break to help us create a community garden to provide fresh, healthy produce for families facing food insecurity issues.

Volunteers spent 5 days preparing and planting the garden and 4 nights meeting new friends and sharing fun times while lodging at Fairview’s beautiful Camp Marymount.

Their efforts yielded more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce in the following months, providing locally grown vegetables to more than 300 families in the community.

This year, volunteers will expand the garden to be able to help even more families and also prepare the garden for the start of the growing season.

In addition, new this year, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee (MHAMT) will lead an afternoon Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention interactive training session for participants in response to rising suicide rates throughout the nation and in Williamson County in particular. Williamson County recently ranked #2 in the state for the number of juvenile suicides. Participants will learn some of the warning signs that someone may be suicidal and what to do.

Other activities will include a trip into downtown Nashville to explore some of the city’s most popular attractions and a party featuring a professional disc jockey.

Alternative Spring Break is open to college-age participants and will be held in 2 sessions: March 19-24 and March 26-30. The cost to participate is $300 per person, which includes food and lodging for the entire stay.

For more information or to participate in United Way of Williamson County’s Alternative Spring Break, email Debby Rainey at

The Fairview Community Garden is sponsored by the UT-Extension, Williamson Farmers’ Co-op, the Sean Hart family, and Westview United Methodist Church.

See photos from our 2016 Alternative Spring Break.

Feb 21, 2017 | Events, Volunteering

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