Howard University Radio, WHUR 96.3 FM, hosted a 12-hour radiothon, “Helping Hands,” from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, in an effort to raise $50,000 to send more than 300 Howard University students to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, across Washington D.C., and to Haiti where they will help families wrestling with issues ranging from illiteracy to gun violence. This is the largest number of locations served in the program’s 19-year history.
The effort is part of the University’s award-winning Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program led by Executive Director Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau. Since 2009, ASB has expanded to incorporate multiple cities. This year, volunteers will serve communities in eight locations and will provide more than 12,000 hours of service. Each year, hundreds of Howard students skip the beach to help those in need during their weeklong break from classes.
“There is no doubt in my mind that these are the students that are going to change the world. Because of their courage and love, the fight in the communities they serve becomes their fight. By bringing these community issues to the forefront of our daily lives, collectively we can change our entire nation by what we are doing at Howard University,” said Whetsel-Ribeau. “Our intent is to develop relationships and projects that live beyond our week of service, which transform educational relationships between K-12 institutions and colleges and universities.”