"Alternative Spring Break continues to renew our
students' committment to serving our Nation and
the Global Community and empowers them to
'Be The Change.'"
Gerald Ashby, ASB student co-coordinator

WHUR 96.3 FM to Host 12-Hour Radiothon

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The work is not done…and we need your help again. Join WHUR 96.3 FM, Sunday, March 1, 2009 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the 12-hour “A Helping Hand,” radiothon to send nearly 300 Howard University students to Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and across the Washington, D.C. area where they will help families wrestling with issues ranging from illiteracy to the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina. You can drop off your donations at WHUR, 529 Bryant Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20059 or call our toll-free phone bank at 1-877-794-8796.

About Last Year's Alternative Spring Break...

Hundreds of Howard University students took a 22-hour bus ride to New Orleans for a week of service. As part of the 2008 mission, 27 School of Law students provided legal assistance while more than 500 undergraduates and graduate students constructed and restored homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and local churches. Howard University students from a variety of fields tutored local students.



ASB 2009

After three consecutive years of traveling by the hundreds to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, students this year also will visit three other communities. Students also will travel to New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit and the Washington metro area.

A smaller contingent of students, mostly from the law school, will return to New Orleans to help in the city’s legal departments, just as a number of students did in 2008.

A second group of students will travel to Detroit where they will concentrate on literacy, a major concern in the region, by helping students in the city’s public schools. A third group will travel to Chicago, where they will work to reduce gun violence in conjunction with efforts by local churches, such as Trinity United Church of Christ and Saint Sabina Catholic Church.

The fourth group of students will tackle homelessness in the District of Columbia and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia and provide mentoring and tutoring to area students.

ASB History

Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB), coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, has been taking students on public service missions since 1996 – immersing participants in unique cultures to provide immediate assistance and to reflect on the challenges prevalent in communities throughout society.

Contact Us

Office of the Dean of the Chapel
Howard University
Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel

2371 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 202-806-7280
Fax: 202-806-4641