Illinois State students will once again spend their spring break volunteering with Alternative Spring Break, March 9 to 16.

The program is a student-run organization that work with the Leadership and Service Unit of the Dean of Students office. This year, there are a total of 36 student leaders that have met weekly since September. There will be 230 students taking part in Alternative Spring Break this year.

“These students are the ones that make this amazing and inspiring program happen. They will complete over 7,900 hours of community service hours during Alternative Spring Break. This is 1,000 more hours than last year,” said Ben Wright, the graduate advisor for Alternative Spring Break.

Students will volunteer in the following locations:

Greenville, South Carolina: Students will be aiding in the recovery of girls who are survivors of sexual abuse as well as animals of neglect. While in South Carolina, they will also be contributing to the cleanup and restoration of the Crossroads Group Home community.

Selma, Alabama: Students will work for the Freedom Foundation. They will be educated about Civil Rights history and the segregation that still plagues this town. Students will revitalize community centers and mentor the youth of the Selma community.

Argyle, Texas: Students will be assisting at Camp Summit, a residential or “sleep away” camp for children and adults with disabilities. Students will be helping the campers have a fulfilling experience, by serving the needs of the campers and engaging in activities throughout the week.

Birmingham, Alabama: Student will work with Junior Achievement to empower youth by teaching out life skills to those who are underprivileged in intercity schools.

Memphis, Tennessee: Students will be working with Living Lands & Waters to repair and restore the Mississippi River. They will do this through cleaning up debris near the river’s edge and on barges.