Berkshire Break Out Trip (B-BOT): Community Outreach & Service

“I did not realize how many volunteer opportunities were nearby, and how such a small amount of our time can have such a large impact on others.” 

Destination: Berkshire County, MA

Trip Organizers: Joyce Lee ’17 ([email protected]) & Helena Barber ’16 ([email protected])

The Experience

In this Community Outreach and Service Break Out Trip, participants had the opportunity to do significant amounts of volunteer work at local organizations in the Berkshires. Some examples of the programs students worked with include Meals on Wheels, Bread with Dining, the Humane Society, Goodwill, and the Berkshire Food Project, among others. Through engagement with these local outreach programs, students became part of the greater goal of establishing lasting and ongoing relationships with community members all across the Berkshires. Along with the community service aspects of their time together, participants also had dinner and an evening activity together each night to further facilitate group bonding.

 Participant Quotes

  • “I got experience working with people who are directly working with social issues in a practical setting.”
  • “I learned about the type of work people are doing in the larger community. This is the type of work I want to be more involved with, including after college.”
  • “I did not realize how many volunteer opportunities were nearby, and how such a small amount of our time can have such a large impact on others.”
  • “Experience with hands on work helps build connections and understanding in a real tangible context. The work we did [with the Berkshire Food Project] taught me a lot more about communities in need in the area and ways to help and get involved than I could have learned in books.  I think the work we did made a tangible difference.”