Take a Break (TaB) is a student-led alternative spring break program that places small groups of Willamette University students, staff, and faculty in communities across the West Coast to engage in service learning. Since 2001, students from a myriad of backgrounds, have been facilitators or participants of service trips focusing on intersections of social issues such as education, poverty, racism, hunger, houselessness, LGBTQQ2S+, or the environment. 


Mission Statement 

CJS2: Community. Justice. Service. Simplicity.

To involve Willamette University students, staff, and faculty in community-based service projects and to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. 


Program Outcomes

Developing community stewardship in the leaders of tomorrow so that participants will:

  • understand interlinking issues such as homelessness, poverty, crime, hunger, violence, environmental destruction, marginalization of social groups
  • take thoughtful, meaningful action towards the resolution of these issues
  • gain experience in community-based problem solving
  • begin or continue a commitment to community service and social change
  • build new friendships and alliances

Help Support TaB

Contribute to Willamette. In the Designation field mark Other and write in "Take a Break Program" to help fund our service trips.Support Tab
Willamette University

Community Service Learning

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6807 voice
503-370-6407 fax

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