A dozen students from the University of Connecticut took a pass on Spring Break fun in the sun in order to make a real difference in the lives of HVAF veterans in March.
The student group, representing the university’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, participates in alternative spring breaks each year, which take them to several nonprofits in different cities across the county.
Spring Break 2014 was third year for the group to volunteer at HVAF. Students sorted and stocked donations distributed to homeless veterans and their families in need.
The student team researches nonprofits at the beginning of the year and selected ones where they feel they could make the biggest impact. Along with online research, this year’s HVAF volunteers talked to past UConn students who had previously volunteered on behalf of our vets.
Volunteering is how junior, Danielle Reid has spent many of her spring breaks.
“I’m really happy to do this, and it’s a different kind of experience,” Danielle says.
To recognize the students’ work, HVAF shared on its social media pages photos and memorable student quotes from the group’s experiences, using the hashtag #UCGAB, which stands for UConn Greek Alternative Break.
“Everyone should help out in the community,” said Isabela Galvao, another student volunteer. “I think this, personally, because it just makes a place better if you’re going to help, so I just try to make that my top priority.”