San Francisco, CA

Mar 3rd, 2017 to Mar 11th, 2017
Cost: $1,200.00 Partner Organization(s): Project Open Hand Service Type: Human services Number of Participants: 10


As a group, we will be driving up Friday night to NOVA to stay at Claire’s house or Michaela’s brother’s house in Fairfax county overnight for a morning flight to San Francisco from Dulles. We will drive from one of these locations to the airport together early in the morning to catch an early flight to San Francisco. 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, and we’ll be flying back to Dulles and driving back to Charlottesville on the 11th. The hostel offers a free breakfast (and coffee, bless), and our community partner provides meals at our shift. We can buy dinner or cook dinner at the hostel, but we’ll definitely be checking out all the yummy places in San Fran!

Participants should also be prepared to work with a broad range of people. Our community partner will have staff and other volunteers, and serves a really diverse community. We’ll be working hard, but with a ~positive attitude~ it’ll be super fun and it really will change you for the better.



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 8:30AM-4PM most days, so we’ll also help out in other ways as needed by our partner. Participants should be ready to work hard to maximize our impact, and have fun along the way!



We’ll have two free days in San Francisco due to our community partner’s schedule. We have a LONG list of ideas as to what to do, and will be taking input for other ideas as well. We’ll vote as a group on what we’d like to do, but some of our ideas include biking the Golden Gate Bridge (YAY physical activity!), visiting Alcatraz Island, checking out some parks, beaches and museums (California Academy of Sciences, anyone?), exploring Union Square, Chinatown, and Ghirardelli Square (mm, chocolate), and the Fisherman’s Wharf.



San Francisco, formally the City and County of San Francisco, is a city known for a lot of things, like it’s steep hills, cable cars (yes, we’ll ride one), eclectic architecture, mild weather, and fog. San Francisco is also the home of lots of startups you might’ve heard of, like Reddit, Dropbox, and Airbnb. But more importantly, San Francisco has a history of counterculture, whether it’s the hippie movement from the sixties, or its prominence in the LGBT movement. It’s listed as having ~36~ whole neighborhoods, and even if we can’t see them all, we can try!



San Francisco is one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country, and one of the most expensive to live in. People 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!



HALLO! I’m Claire, and I’m somehow a fourth year environmental sciences major. Besides studying in Clark, I’m in the Cavalier Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Catholic Student Ministry. I love trying to bake fancy things (looking at you, macarons), trying to knit, and most importantly, eating things.


Hey hey I’m Michaela. I’m a 3rd year majoring in cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience (~woo brains~). I live on Long Island in New York. Similar to Claire I love baking, cooking and eating, but without gluten, yes it’s sad and unfortunate but I won’t hinder our fun cool food excursions. Besides ASB I volunteer with Madison House, college mentors for kids, and am currently in the process or starting a new CIO! I love working out, more specifically spin classes. Naps are another hobby of mine but as I’ve learned from LA last year, ASB will not be the time to nap ( I missed a really fun excursion and am still quite sad about it). I’m also super animal crazy. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats at home that I love dearly. Fair warning: I will freak out any time we see a dog so you’ve got a heads up. I look forward to meeting all of you and making this trip a phenomenal experience for everyone!

ASB Testimonial

My first ASB trip was to Los Angeles, where I (Claire)  met Michaela (YAY!), and worked at a homeless shelter in Skid Row, which has one of the largest stable homeless populations in the U.S.. The shelter was unique in that they also provided transitional services to those trying to improve their situation. And for me, it was these people working and living there that showed me a deeper meaning to pretty words like perseverance, generosity, and kindness. One of my favorite memories is when we were unpacking boxes in the main kitchen area. We’d been up for hours already, in a plastic apron, hairnet, and gloves, and had a hilarious number of boxes that had to be emptied. Chris, the chef we worked the most with that week, started blasting some jams and then we were dancing in the kitchen (while emptying boxes) and I’m sure we looked ridiculous, but as tired as we were, it was fun. We can easily say it was one of the greatest experiences of our lives and we look forward to having an even better experience this year!