Jillian Rathman of Wernersville, along with 10 groups and about 100 participants, participated in the University of Vermont’s Alternative Spring Break program – a student-led, week long program that provides UVM students with an opportunity to travel and involve themselves in service-work focused around a number of social issues in communities throughout the nation.
For the week-long spring recess, Jillian traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, to work with Renovation Alliance (renovateall.org). Renovation Alliance brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. We provide critical home repairs for homeowners in need in the Roanoke Valley, ensuring they can live independently in safe and healthy homes. Since operations began in 1999, Renovation Alliance has served more than 600 homeowners and their families.
For over 25 years the UVM Alternative Spring Break program has provided UVM students with service opportunities during their spring recess – including work around homelessness, hunger, urban gardening, disaster relief, environmental conservation and more. Since its start in 1991, over 3,000 students have participated in the program, providing over 120,000 hours of service to community partner organizations throughout the nation.
This year, UVM students participating in ASB traveled to 9 of states, working with over 10 organizations to complete service work throughout the week.