Seattle, WA

Mar 4th, 2017 to Mar 11th, 2017
Cost: $1,100.00 Partner Organization(s): Low Income Housing Institute Service Type: Food/hunger, housing, human services Number of Participants: 8

Trip Logistics & Participant Requirements:

During our time in Seattle we will be staying in City Hostel Seattle located right in the heart of the city! This hostel comes fully equipped with free breakfast, air conditioning, free wifi, and a super unique historic charm. The hostel is less than a block from the Low Income Housing Institute so we can utilize our time exploring the city.

We’ll be driving as a group and flying out of Dulles sometime in the early morning on March 5th and we plan to return in the late afternoon on March 11th. Most of our activities will take place within walking distance, but we have set aside a small budget in case we need to call a cab.

Participants should be fun-loving and flexible. We want to invest 100% into the organizations we’re working with so we all need to be prepared for a little bit of hard work! Brett and I like to have a good time so a good attitude and an appreciation for a little bit of sarcasm is recommended!

 

Service Activities:

The Low Income Housing Institute is the primary organization we will be working with. The volunteer coordinator has requested that we assist with landscaping, painting, fixing low income homes, cleaning, etc. They will need our help on multiple properties throughout the week.

Facing Homeless is another organization we will become familiar with during our time in the city. The organization works to put a face to the homeless population in the city and help break the cycle. We will talk to the founders of the organization about recognizing the humanity of homeless people and what we can do to help.

Regional Background:

Seattle, Washington is a city like no other. Rated as one of the wealthiest cities in the nation, the city has a huge problem: homelessness. On any given night an estimated 4,505 people are without shelter within the city limits. The problem can be predominantly attributed to the lack of affordable housing.

The organizations we will be working with were all set up with the intention of breaking the cycle of homelessness. Community efforts no longer revolve around providing a hot meal or shuttling people to local shelters. While those are admiral initiatives, the community is moving towards grassroots programs to help get members of the homeless population back on their feet for the long run.

 

Recreational Activities:

    Seattle (home of the original Starbucks) has plenty of world renowned destinations for us to explore! While in the city we will make a trip to the Seattle Space Needle and take a tour of the beautiful Chihuly Glass Garden. The Seattle Center is overflowing with free events, shops, and museums for us to explore during our free time. We have planned a trip to the famous Pike Place Market so we can see first hand what its all about!

Although the primary focus of our trip is on the service learning at each of our sites, we have a super exciting and packed-full itinerary to make sure we get the most out of our time in Seattle.

 

About the Site Leaders:

Katie is a 2nd year ~hopefully~ commerce major. She is always down for a late-night milkshake run and she’s never one to pass up an adventure. This is Katie’s first time visiting Seattle, so she’ll be experiencing the city for the first time right alongside the rest of the group. A quick coffee run will most likely be an integral part of early mornings in Seattle. She prides herself on her charming sense of humor (even when no one else gets the joke!)