Alternative Winter Break Service Trip to Hollywood Open to UM Students

October 26, 2015

MISSOULA— The Office for Civic Engagement will sponsor an Alternative Winter Break trip to Hollywood, California, for students at the University of Montana to work with a volunteer organization called DOOR. The service trip provides opportunities for service, learning and leadership development within an urban context.  

The seminar runs Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 6-8. The trip leaves Missoula on Saturday, Jan. 9, and returns Sunday, Jan. 16. There will be a final group reflection session on Tuesday, Jan 19. 

The Hollywood branch of DOOR focuses on poverty, hunger relief and helping the chronically homeless. Once in Hollywood, students will be assigned each day to different work sites such as soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and service providers. Jobs will be assigned based on what the city needs most at the time of the trip. Students will have free time to explore the glamorous side of Hollywood, exposing them to the contrasts between poverty and prosperity.

The cost of the trip is less than $200 and, combined with the attached service learning seminars, is worth two honors credits. Students do not need to be in the honors college to participate.

Applications are available online at, or they can be picked up in the Office for Civic Engagement. They are due by the end of the day on Monday, Nov. 2.

For more information stop by the OCE office in Davidson Honors College Room 015 or email Kellie Hofstetter, Office for Civic Engagement alternative breaks coordinator, at or call 406-243-5531.

Contact: Kellie Hofstetter, UM Office for Civic Engagement alternative breaks coordinator, 406-243-5531,