Each summer since 2009, psychology major Rachel Robinson has traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of a youth mission team of 35 students. Instead of visiting museums and touring the sights, they spend their trip working to feed people in need.
Through organizations such as DC Central Kitchen, Food and Friends, Martha's Table and others, the students help serve the local community in unique ways including preparing meals from scratch, transporting meals to neighborhoods in need, serving meals restaurant style, and packaging meals in boxes to be delivered. Additionally, the group works with an organization called Parks and People to help clean up area parks.
Originally from Hardwick, ME, Rachel is also a star defender on the Bears field hockey team at Bridgewater and was recently selected MVP of the month by the Athletics Department. Her plans for the future are to become a high school guidance counselor or teacher.
“Participating in athletics at Bridgewater has made me a more hard-working, responsible and committed person,” she says. “I enjoy helping people when they need it the most.”