Helping Hands Radiothon Raises $52k and Counting

Washington, D.C. (Sunday, February 25, 2024) – Determined to be a part of a mission to change lives and transform communities, WHUR listeners gave in a big way to the 2024 WHUR Helping Hands Radiothon. The 12-hour fundraiser, held Sunday, February 25th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Howard University Centers for Excellence on Georgia Avenue, N.W., collected more than $52,000 and donations are still pouring in.

All monies raised go to help defray the costs to send 1,400 Howard University students to 21 cities across the country and right here in the DMV to assist communities in crisis. “We are very thankful for our wonderful WHUR listeners for their generous donations to support Helping Hands benefiting Howard University students’ volunteer efforts. The contributions will make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students and their community services initiatives”, said WHUR General Sean Plater.

This year, students will travel to Albany, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Birmingham, Alabama; Buffalo, New York, Charlotte, North Carolina,; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Flint, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; St. Louis, Missouri; and Washington, D.C ; Williston, South Carolina.

The 38 busloads of Howard University students will leave on their mission of help and hope Saturday, March 2nd returning Saturday, March 9th. The students will perform more than 150-thousand hours of volunteer service addressing issues like illiteracy, homelessness, housing, education, youth empowerment, environment, and many more.

This marks the 30th year of Howard’s Alternative Spring Break Program.