Breaks With Impact - Doing Good in the Neighborhood

Service learning program…in Alexandria! "It really opened my eyes about the problems in Alexandria," says a program attendee after her three-day experience.

Breaks with Impact (BWI) is a program for youth is focused on community engagement. Participants will learn more about social issues facing Alexandrians and how nonprofits address these issues, earning direct service hours and service learning hours.

Spring 2021 Information:

BWI is planning to conduct 3 half-day, program sessions during the ACPS Spring Break. We will begin everyday at 1pm and end at 5:30pm. They are as follows:

Tuesday, March 30: An examination of Community Services. Grades 6 - 12. Click here to sign-up.

Wednesday, March 31: Environmental Reclaimation. Grades 6 - 12. Click here to sign-up.

Thursday, April 1: Food Insecurity. Grades 6 - 8 only. Click here to sign-up.


Additional Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Ages 13 - 18 - After School Programming:

Help Make Laundry Detergent - Join us in making laundry detergent to donat towards helping clean clothes at the Carpenter's Shelter. We will discuss homelessness and other ways youth volunteers can get involved to help local Alexandrians.

April 12th 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Grades 6-8 only. Register HERE

April 19th 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Gradaes 9-12 only. Register HERE


Summer 2020 Program Summary: 

Volunteer Alexandria welcomed roughly 20 middle and high school students for the in-person Breaks with Impact (BWI) this August. Highlights from this year includes:

  • Bagging nearly 1000 masks and hand sanitizers for shelters and other non-profits
  • 100 Groceries bagged for Alexandria food pantry
  • Collected 2 dozen bags of trash at 3 local parks
  • Cut invasive species from 10 trees
  • Created and distributed care packages for local residents hit hard by COVID-19
  • Wrote words of encouragement to transitional housing residents

One student said her “favorite part [was] when we handed out sandwiches. I loved this because we got to see the results of our work in real time." Another said that she "enjoyed meeting new people” and “being able to make a direct and positive impact on the community. I think this experience was very rewarding and I learned a lot."

Stay tuned for community projects throughout the school year. We are currently planning several activities for youth to serve their community and learn more about their city. Subscribe to the Youth & Family Newsletter for more information!

This program is partial grant funded throught the City of Alexandria’s Fund for Human Services, and Cabot Creamery and many individuals like you.