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UIS Students Heading to DC for Alternative Spring Break
A group of students from UIS will be spending their spring break helping the homeless in our nation's capital.
The students will work at soup kitchens and homeless shelters in Washington D.C.
A total of 25 students and two staff members are leaving early Sunday morning. Over the weeklong trip, they'll each work 40 hours helping those down on their luck.
Students themselves chose the location, helped recruit others, and raised money to make the trip possible.
"We go to a good university, we're getting a good education, but there are a lot of people across the country who aren't as fortunate," Alternative Spring Break Vice President David Sye said. "It's really important sometimes to take a step back and just help out other people."
This year, a venture fund grant from the United Way of Central Illinois is supporting their efforts.
The UIS Alternative Spring Break program first started in 2009, when students took their first trip to Louisiana to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina.