San Francisco, CAMar 3rd, 2018 to Mar 10th, 2018
Trip Logistics / Participant Requirements:
As a group, depending on flight departure times, we will drive to DC Friday or Saturday
morning and fly out of Dulles Airport on Saturday. We will be staying at the Adelaide
Hostel, which offers an airport shuttle, linens, WiFi, and is in walking distance to our
community partner, Project Open Hand. We will fly back to DC and drive back to
Charlottesville on the 11th. The hostel offers a free breakfast (don’t worry, there’s
coffee), while Project Open Hand will provide lunch during our morning shifts. We plan
on buying groceries to make a few meals at the hostel with their guest kitchen, but the
other nights we will definitely take advantage of the delicious restaurants in San
Francisco (look up San Fran Clam Chowder bowls).
Participants should also be prepared to work with a broad range of people. Project Open
Hand serves the elderly and disabled members of the San Francisco community,
providing nourishing food for every meal of the day alongside the staff and other
volunteers. Volunteering with our community partner will be hard work, but incredibly
humbling and rewarding. We hope that all participants will strive for positivity and
excitement throughout the whole trip!
Our community partner is Project Open Hand, an organization dedicated to providing
quality meals to the elderly, ill, and disabled in their community. Last year, they served
over 900,000 meals! Due to the size of our group and our unfamiliarity with the area, we
will likely be working in the kitchen and grocery center, where we will be prepping meals
and organizing their warehouse. We’ll be there from Monday through Thursday, 9-12:30.
Participants should be ready to work hard to maximize our impact, and have fun along
As a pre-trip service learning activity, we will volunteer with Meals on Wheels or Loaves
and Fishes (depending on need at the time). Meals on Wheels is an organization in
Charlottesville that delivers hot meals to people throughout Charlottesville and
Albemarle County who are vulnerable to hunger and isolation because of decreased
mobility. If there is greater need at Loaves and Fishes, we will volunteer there as a group
one day and help with their mission to provide groceries to low-income families in the
surrounding community. Both service organizations work closely with its volunteers to
facilitate greater access to nutritional food in the Charlottesville area. We believe
working with either or both of these organizations will prepare and introduce us to the
type of service we will be completing in San Francisco.
San Francisco, California is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the
Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden
Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. In the bay sits Alcatraz Island, site
of the notorious former prison. A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for
its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks,
including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary,
Fisherman’s Wharf, and its Chinatown district. San Francisco is also home to a quickly
growing startup culture and has a history of counterculture from the hippies movement in
the 60’s to the LGBTQ movement today. In terms of weather, San Francisco holds a
remarkably mild climate year-round, with temperatures typically ranging from 45-65
degrees during the month of March.
San Francisco is one of the biggest but most expensive metropolitan areas to live in
across the US, and its residents have a finite amount of their resources to spend on getting
food. In a city as pricey as San Francisco, it is unsurprising that a smaller portion of
people’s income is available to be spent on food. Further, according to Census data from
2010, the population is roughly 50/50 white/minority. Minorities are more likely to be
food insecure, for a variety of factors, but often a result of lower socioeconomic status.
The statistics we’ve found (from Feeding America, the AARP, and the National Council
on Aging) all show that food insecurity in elderly populations has been increasing.
Feeding America quoted this number as approximately 4.8 million senior citizens in
2013. Project Open Hand serves the elderly and ill of San Francisco, and we’ll be helping
them further their mission!
About the Site Leaders:
Hi! I’m Abby, and I’m a 4th year studying Youth and Social Innovation in the Curry
School (yay for ~innovation~) as well as Spanish (¡hola!). I’m originally from Richmond,
and my interests include running, tennis, cooking/eating yummy food, and doing hair
(maybe can practice my skills on any willing trip participants??). Besides ASB, at UVA I
lead the Spark Program at HackCville, write articles for Spoon University, do some
research for Curry, and hang with my Pi Phi sistas.
Hi y’all! I’m Mattie, and I’m a 4th year majoring in Biology and Italian with the hope to
go to dental school next year. Apart from teeth, I also love climbing, running, yoga,
violin, and chai tea. At UVA, I conduct kidney research with the UVA hospital, serve as
president for the National Italian Honor Society (“we have one of those…?”), play violin
for RUF, and I’m in Kappa Kappa Gamma.