Mar 3, 2010    #022
Contact: Laura Byerley
(816) 235-1592

UMKC student group plans to rebuild New Orleans-area houses during spring break

While college students from across the country will spend their spring break vacations lounging on a beach, a group of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) students and two staff coordinators will continue working. Between March 26 and April 3, the UMKC Alternative Spring Break organization will travel to Mandeville, La. to build houses through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program.

The UMKC Alternative Spring Break organization is dedicated to offering students opportunities to explore social, cultural, economic and political issues during their academic breaks in the spring. Students are responsible for planning, developing and fundraising for the trip.

In 2009, 16 UMKC students and two staff coordinators traveled to Laredo, Texas to build eight homes. To view a slideshow of last year's trip, follow this link.

To learn more about volunteering with the UMKC Alternative Spring Break organization, contact Stephen Terry at or (816) 235-1084.

About Collegiate Challenge:
Coordinated through Americus, Ga.-based Habitat for Humanity International, Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative break program that offers groups of five or more students, 16 years of age and older, the opportunity to visit one of the 250 host affiliates throughout the United States. Students spend one week working in partnership with the local affiliate, the local community and partner families to help eliminate poverty housing in the area.
About UMKC:
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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