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United Way Bring 5th Annual Alternative Spring Break Opportunities Across the Country

Sponsored by Deloitte, Hundreds of Young People to Volunteer During Spring Break 


Alexandria, VAUnited Way announced today that its 5th annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) 2010, sponsored by Deloitte LLP, will mobilize hundreds of college students across the country to volunteer while taking a break from classes. Designed to offer students a substitute to the time-honored tradition of heading to the beach during Spring Break, ASB gives students the chance to contribute their time and talent through several volunteer opportunities. College-age volunteers will devote their time off to: working on education-focused projects in Atlanta, Ga; participating in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of areas that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Miss.; partnering with Gates Millennium Scholars on service projects tied to science, math and education in New Orleans, La.; and rebuilding homes alongside the families who need them in St. Bernard Parish, La. and El Paso, Texas.

United Way encourages young people to volunteer, advocate and give to make lasting changes in the areas of education, income and health in their home towns and campus communities by volunteering, advocating and giving. This year, local United Ways and Student United Ways are also hosting "in-your-own-backyard" ASB experiences for students in Boston, Mass.; Marquette, Mich.; and River Falls, Wisc. to impact where they work, live, learn and play.

"Young people increasingly demonstrate power in numbers through volunteerism and we're proud that so many students have signed on to join us this year," said Randy Punley, director of media and corporate partnerships at United Way Worldwide. "We are proud to once again work with Deloitte for another year on ASB because of their deep commitment to volunteerism and engaging our nation's future leaders."

Schedule for United Way ASB 2010

March 6 - March 12:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: Deloitte-United Way ASB Program. In a collaborative effort with United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Deloitte professionals will join students and members of United Way to pursue various projects tied to education.

March 28 - April 3:

  • Biloxi, Mississippi: National Program. Focused on the ongoing Gulf Coast recovery and rebuilding efforts, student volunteers with United Way of South Mississippi will work with the Enterprise Foundation on a special project funded by proceeds of the "By The People, For The People" soundtrack.

March 6 - March 20:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana and El Paso, Texas: Student United Way Organizations. Student-formed United Way organizations from around the country have created an ASB experience that will allow them to work in small teams directly with the St. Bernard Project to help rebuild homes in New Orleans. Groups headed to El Paso will work with United Way of El Paso County to build houses alongside the families who will live in them, increasing the number of homes for low-income families.

March 23 - March 27:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: United Way Worldwide and the Gates Millennium Scholars. United Way is partnering with the nation's largest and most successful minority scholarship program to create an ASB trip for their scholars. The partnership will allow volunteers to focus on service projects tied to science, math and education, paralleling the priorities of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Additional Opportunities:

  • Various Cities: "In-your-own-backyard" ASB Experiences. Local United Ways and Student United Ways are also hosting these unique experiences for young adults unable to travel during their Spring Break. Student volunteers will be working with local United Ways in Boston, MA; Marquette, MI; and River Falls, WI to make an impact in their local communities.

Deloitte, a United Way Global Corporate Leader, is proud to serve as national sponsor of ASB 2010.

Learn more about the projects our ASB volunteers participate in each year.