A Record $140,000 Raised During Helping Hands Radiothon

WOW! Words cannot express how grateful we are to our phenomenal WHUR listeners. Because of your unwavering support, we raised $140,000 during our annual Helping Hands Radiothon. Your generous donations will make it possible to send over 700 Howard University Alternative Spring Break (HUASB) students to 14 cities around the world to volunteer more than 100,000 community service hours to 91 sites.

For more than twenty years, Howard University’s ASB program has been committed to serving communities in need and involving students in meaningful service. ASB connects students to the significance of their education and prepares them to be servant leaders for the nation and the world.

We would like to thank all our generous donors, Suntrust Bank, sponsors, HUASB students, Howard University, WHUR staff, and every single volunteer who helped us pull this event off. You answered the call and because of your hard work and dedication, we’re able to send over 700 HUASB students around the globe to lend a helping hand to communities in need. We cannot say THANK YOU enough.

A very special THANK YOU goes out to the anonymous donor who matched our efforts with a $55,000 pledge. YOU ARE AMAZING! 

This year, students will travel to:

Belle Glade and Florida Keys, FL –> Houston, Beaumont & Port Arthur, TX –> New Orleans, LA –> Chicago, IL –> Flint, Michigan –> Haiti –> Ghana –> St. Croix –>  Puerto Rico –> St. Maarten –> Anguilla

The program gained tremendous momentum in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and continued to expand when students refused to be merely sympathetic in the response to earthquake victims of Haiti. In response to the natural disaster, students spent their Spring Break working with orphans and helped rebuild a school in Haiti, launching ASB’s international outreach.

ASB is only made possible each year because of the generosity of individual donors and institutional partners who provide the support and resources necessary to ensure the safety and care of over 700 students domestically and internationally.

Although the radiothon is over, you are still able to donate to this annual community service initiative until the end of March. You can make a donation here.

Photography and videography contributed by Digital interns Jordann Smith, Somer Benton, Autumn Witter and Tayler Adigun.



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