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United Way Alternative Spring Break

A lot of planning and anticipation can go into Spring Break. Whether you are in high school or college, there is pressure to go out and party, get a horrible sunburn and come back feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation. One way to sidestep the madness is to volunteer with United Way's Alternative Spring Break program.

Alternative Spring Break allows students to travel during their spring break, but instead of wild partying, there's a chance to give back by volunteering. And you can have fun and meet new people. There are Alternative Spring Break programs in many different states. In 2009, almost 300 young people put in more than 12,000 volunteer hours to promote health, income and education in Louisiana, Michigan, Indiana, Texas and Mississippi. They raised a whopping $22,268 to help further their goals [source: UWA].

In order to encourage this program, United Way is creating Student United Way, which will help organize students on college campuses [source: UWA]. Using all the bells and whistles of modern technology, volunteers can stay in touch and share their experiences with videos, photos and blogs. By volunteering in high school or college, you can get a jump-start on shaping your own community.

Now that you know more about United Way, you can consider working with them in their mission to give, advocate or volunteer. You can make a difference in your community, and there are plenty of people within the organization who are ready and willing to help you make it happen.

To learn more, visit the links on the following page.

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