United Way of Central Illinois provided $3,450 in venture funds to support UIS students participating in Alternative Spring Break. This week a group of students from the University of Illinois Springfield will spend their spring break working at soup kitchens and homeless shelters in Washington, D.C.
A total of 25 UIS students and 2 staff members left Springfield on Sunday and will spend the week living in a hostel and serving in local nonprofit agencies that address hunger and homelessness in the D.C. metro area.
Each day the group will work in smaller groups of three or four. The 27 participants will each serve approximately 40 hours over the course of the weeklong service trip totaling 1,080 hours of service provided.
Although the venture funding is supporting volunteer opportunities abroad, United Way felt supporting the volunteer efforts of these local students will encourage other students to volunteers and give back to our local community. UIS students have participated in Alternative Spring Break since 2009 when students took their first trip to Louisiana to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina.