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Deloitte and United Way’s Alternative Spring Break Offers Students the Opportunity to Change Lives

Students volunteer across Greater Atlanta for a spring break with a purpose

Atlanta, GA (March 6, 2017) - More than 60 students from universities across the country are using their spring break to drive community change by participating in Maximum Impact: Deloitte’s Alternative Spring Break, organized by Deloitte, United Way of Greater Atlanta and United Way Worldwide. The week-long event taking place March 12-16 will provide students the opportunity to make a positive impact on the Greater Atlanta area while also working alongside Deloitte professionals to get an inside look at the professional services industry.

Students will take part in meaningful volunteer services with Easter Seals, Meals on Wheels, Action Ministries, the Atlanta Food Community Food Bank and the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.  Participants will also contribute to a collection of more than 45,000 shoeboxes by participating in United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Shoebox Project by decorating and filling shoeboxes with personal hygiene products for homeless men, women and children.

“United Way and Deloitte share a commitment to strengthening communities by mobilizing the caring power of young adults across the country,” said Paul DeBassio, United Way Worldwide’s Executive Vice President of Investor Relations. “Alternative Spring Break is just one way we’re working together to provide students with unique volunteer and professional development opportunities that can create a positive impact in someone’s life.”

A recent Deloitte survey of 8,000 Millennials from 30 countries found that 76 percent regard business as a force for positive social impact. And many Millennials see volunteering as a way to further career goals while making that impact. While most employees (of all ages) expect their employers to be socially responsible, research often shows that Millennials further expect their employers to support their own involvement with causes. This includes being allowed to volunteer during company time.

“Alternative Spring Break provides college students with an inside look at what it’s like to work at Deloitte – our culture of purpose, teamwork and personal passion for making an impact that matters in the communities where we live and work," said Diane Borhani, Director, Talent Acquisition Best Practices & Innovation, Deloitte Services LP. “We believe in supporting students, and we know that engaging them early is essential to ensuring their long-term success.”


About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society.

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About United Way Worldwide
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.8 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide, and more than $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.


About United Way of Greater Atlanta
Our United Way is one of the largest in the nation with more than $75 million in fundraising annually. Our purpose and mission is focused on convening caring individuals to create the change necessary for building stronger communities. We invest in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Community Impact Fund and connect people with resources they need to thrive – jobs are more abundant, schools are performing, healthcare is accessible and communities are safe places to live. For more information, visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org.

Media Contact

Clay Perschall

Southerlyn Worsham
United Way Worldwide
703-836-7100 ext 321

Chad Parker
United Way of Greater Atlanta