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For Immediate Release

Ron Harris
Director of Communications

Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 FM “A Helping Hand” Radiothon
Fundraiser Sends 300 Students to Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and Washington area to help the less fortunate.

Washington (February 20, 2009) – Howard University Radio (WHUR 96.3 FM) will host a 12-hour Radiothon, “A Helping Hand,” Sunday, March 1, to raise $50,000 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.

The effort is part of the University’s continuing Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. Every year, hundreds of Howard students forgo the comforts of home or vacationing on beaches in Florida or the Caribbean to help those in need.
For the last three years, hundreds of students have spent their spring break helping victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Now in its 14th year, Howard University’s ASB program, coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, continues to take students on public service missions.

This year, some students will return to New Orleans to help in the city’s legal departments. In Chicago, students will work to reduce gun violence in conjunction with efforts by local churches. In Detroit, they will concentrate on literacy by helping students in the city’s public schools, and in the Washington metro area, they will tackle homelessness in the District of Columbia and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia and provide mentoring and tutoring to area students.

Volunteers include undergraduates, Howard University Law School students, other graduate students as well as faculty and staff. All donations to this year’s ASB will help to further the University’s legacy of leadership and service to our nation.
For more information on how to support students in this important service mission, please visit

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at




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