Students Raise Money for Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break

Howard University students hit the streets on Sunday, March 5 to raise money for participants in the Alternative Spring Break.
Howard University students hit the streets on Sunday, March 5 to raise money for participants in the Alternative Spring Break. /Photo by Lateef Mangum
Howard University students hit the streets on Sunday, March 5 to raise money for participants in the Alternative Spring Break.

Howard University radio, WHUR 96.3 FM, hosted a 12-hour radiothon, “Helping Hands,” on Sunday, March 1 and students hit the streets to raise money to send more than 400 Howard University students to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Newark, St. Louis, across Washington and Haiti 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 21st 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 traveled annually to cities across the nation.