Thank you for visiting the Bronx, NY Alternative Spring Breaks trip blog! This blog is inactive for the time being. It will be active once again in November 2011, when the new Coordinators for this trip are hired. Feel free to browse the information on this blog to get an idea of what the trip has done in the past. If you have questions about this trip, contact the Boston University ASB Program Managers, Leif Hede-Brierley and Suchie Ravindran, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of the Solution (POTS) Bronx is a fully-functioning soup kitchen that serves family style meals during the week. The dining room is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays. They also address the basic needs of their community, offering additional resources such as grooming services (barbershop), childcare, mail services and daily hygiene facilities, among other resources. The executive director of the organization Mary Alice Hannan says “Our mission is driven by our guests’ needs rather than driven by what funds are available.” POTS is an integral part of the Bronx community and offers invaluable help to those in need. (POTSBronx.org)
“Hunger goes beyond food.” –Mary Alice Hannan
Details about our trip
ARRIVAL: Friday, March 5, 2010, nighttime
DEPARTURE: Saturday, March 13, 2010 afternoon
Mode of Transport: Public Transportation, TBA
Housing: Refuge House, Fordham-Bedford Children’s Services
A former convent, converted to office buildings and guest accommodations for visiting volunteers in the area. We will each have our own rooms, a communal bathroom and kitchen, and a common area. The address for the residence is: 2715 Bainbridge Ave. Bronx, NY
Service: We will be working Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12, from 10:30AM – 5:30PM.
Our work day will consist of mainly working in the kitchen restocking shelves, sorting the pantry, and prepping for meals. There will be times where we will be asked to participate in deliveries, sorting clothes, and unloading supplies. During meal times, we will work as a wait-staff would in any local restaurant, with duties such as hosting, busing tables, serving food and washing dishes.
Attire: Please dress comfortably and respectfully. Gym clothes are acceptable and preferred. Closed-toe shoes are a must, and long hair must be tied back.
FUN ACTIVITIES: Since we have the weekends free, we have planned a number of city-exploration activities for the group to engage in.
Saturday, March 6 – Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), Times Square, Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center.
Sunday, March 7 – SoHo, Financial District, South Station to Staten Island Ferry/Statue of Liberty.
Friday, March 12 – Nighttime Comedy Club Show (StandUpNY.com)
Saturday, March 13 – Museum of Natural History
Hello there potential ASBers!
We have been working super hard over these past weeks and we have some great things lined up! We have started to look into some fun activities, and here’s a sampling of things we hope to do on the trip!:
-Work with POTS! (Woo! Look them up at potsbronx.org)
-Visit the Statue of Liberty via the Staten Island Ferry
-Go to Central Park
-Visit museums, including the Met, the MoMA and the Museum of Natural History
-Eat some chicken and rice! (google search it!)
-Have an amaaazing spring break!
We are so, so excited to have you all pick your trips and sign up!
SPEAKING OF PICKING TRIPS!!!!
If you want more info about ASB, GO TO AN INFO SESSION!
The next info session is on January 26, 2010, from 7-9PM in the GSU Terrace Lounge on the second floor.
SEE YOU ALL THERE!!
Hetal and Jena!
so from now on I am double-checking the number I am calling…
Today, I was in charge of calling the refuge for housing for our trip. I copied down the number for housing and the CSC number.
I dialed, got excited when the phone was answered, and began my whole schpeal. The response to my pre-rehearsed presentation, “Are you in the D-Space?” and then a ton of laughter. I had accidentally called the CSC instead of the refuge.
Great way to meet the staff in the CSC!
Sup, sup volunteers!
We are Hetal Desai and Jena Daniels, your co-cos for the Bronx ASB trip to Part of the Solution (POTS)! We are so, so excited to go to NYC, do a little volunteering, bond over some games of mafia and overall just have the best spring break ever!
Hetal: is a fast-talking, sharp-shooting, certifiably insane senior in CAS majoring in biochemistry and badassery. In her spare time, she enjoys polymer chemistry, fancy recipes, peppermint tea, jazz improv, mornings and laughter. She is a fan of the overly enthusiastic hello and making friends and/or cookies.
Jena: No matter how many times I’ve had to write about myself, each time is still just as awkward…just saying! Let me start off by telling you that I am a sophomore in Sargent, studying physical therapy. I’m an impulsive, outgoing, and reliable badass. I am a crazy horseback riding snowboarder who can’t get enough of her friends and family.
Here is the website for our trip site; check it out! They do a lot for their community, and are a beloved resource to the people they serve. We are really excited to work with them for break, and if you are too, you should join our trip!
That’s all for now kiddies. Catch ya on the flip!
H and J
We are Hetal and Jena, the coordinators for the 2010 Bronx, NY alternative spring break trip! We are so FREAKING excited to get things going for this trip and to meet all of you! We know it is going to be the best trip ever – like in the entire world.
Keep your eye on this blog for more info. We will be updating this regularly!
NYC BABY – ASB love,
Hetal and Jena