Alternative Spring Break Helps Flood Victims
March 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - On March 13, at 5:30 a.m. approximately 40 Illinois Wesleyan students
and four faculty and staff members will embark on a weeklong volunteer trip to Atlanta,
Ga., to help with disaster relief in the community. The students are part of Illinois
Wesleyan University's Alternative Spring Break (ASB), an organization created through
the Student Volunteer Center to give students the opportunity for a non-traditional
spring break vacation.
The ASB students will be assisting in disaster relief after the flooding that took
place in Atlanta this past September.
Assistant Dean of Students Kevin Clark is the director of the Student Volunteer Center.
According to Clark, "Students will be rebuilding homes but also working in the local
community center and helping with job placement of those who were unable to find work
after the disaster. All work will be done on a day-by-day basis and we will do whatever
Junior Amber Spiewak, an anthropology major, is a member of the ASB executive board
that selected this year's location. "It isn't until after the trip is over that you
fully realize the impact you have made on a community in need," said Spiewak, who
is preparing for her second trip. "You earn the respect of the community but you
learn so much about the people as well. It is a life-changing experience and an opportunity
to bond with members of the IWU community while serving others," said Spiewak.
This is the fourth year for Alternative Spring Break. Past trips have included disaster
relief for victims of Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Katrina.
Contact: Monica Piotrowski, '10, (309) 556-3181