Alternative Break at Madison College featured four projects


Kaleia Lawrence

Volunteers display the blankets they made for Project Linus during one of the Alternative Break project days at Madison College.

Kaleia Lawrence, Editor in Chief

This past spring break, the Madison College Volunteer Center stayed busy. Over the course of the week, the group did four different projects across Dane County. 

On Monday, nine students volunteered at Second Harvest. The organization is southwestern Wisconsin’s largest foodbank. 

On Tuesday, students gathered at the Truax campus to do some benevolent DIY. 

Twelve students came together and made 24 blankets for Project Linus, nine cat beds for Dane County Humane Society, 18 posters for Bleed Shamelessly, and three Kynd Kits for project helping. 

On Wednesday, five students helped out at the Dane County Humane Society. Various volunteers said they had a good time with the animals. 

On Thursday, seven students visited Little John’s kitchen in Verona. There, the volunteers packed meals for those in need. The kitchen focuses on eliminating food waste and meal insecurity at the same time. 

Some volunteers made it to every event. Two of those people, Arya Kethireddy and Zora Smith, are STEM students at Madison College. They enjoyed spending their break giving a helping hand to others.  

“I always feel like, ‘Oh my gosh that was so nice.’ I got to help these people…even if it’s like directly like helping them, but it’s like doing these things that’ll make their life easier and it just feels good,” said Smith. 

Kethireddy shared similar sentiments by saying, “It’s just it really doesn’t feel good when you see other people struggling in any kind of way and helping out the community.” 

The Volunteer Center has a busy April lined up, with events on April 15 for Earth Day, April 27 for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and another event at Goodman South.