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WHUR Hosts Alternative Spring Break “Helping Hands” Radiothon

More than 300 students to Volunteer in 7 U.S. Cities to to Attack Poverty, Education and Other Social Issues

WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2013) – Howard University radio, WHUR 96.3 FM, will host a 12-hour radiothon, “Helping Hands,” Sunday, March 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise $50,000 to send more than 300 Howard University students to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans and across Washington where they will help families wrestling with issues ranging from illiteracy to gun violence.

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 during their weeklong break from classes.

Now in its 19th year, Howard University’s ASB program is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel.  The program expanded dramatically in 2006 as more than 400 Howard students volunteered to go to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Since then, hundreds of students have travelled annually to cities across the nation.

This year, students will return to help displaced families in New Orleans, victims of gun violence in Chicago, illiteracy in Detroit and education in Atlanta and Washington.  For 2013, the program is expanding to include two more cities, Baltimore and Memphis. 

In Baltimore, students will be working to combat the effects of gang violence.  In Memphis, they will be combating poverty by doing service in the areas of public heath and education.

Volunteers include undergraduates, Howard University School of Law students, other graduate students and 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.

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