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United Way teams with others for spring break alternative

Sunday, March 1, 2009

TERRE HAUTE -- A partnership between United Way of the Wabash Valley, the Wabash Valley Long-Term Disaster Recovery Coalition and Indiana State University will bring Alternative Spring Break to the Wabash Valley beginning Wednesday.

The group received full approval through United Way of American in November 2008.

"We are honored to have been selected by United Way of America to bring this program to our community," United Way of the Wabash Valley Executive Director Troy Fears said.

"We look forward to this event being our initial push for flood recovery in the valley."

More than 65 college students from universities and colleges throughout the nation will give up their week of spring break to come to Terre Haute and help with the recovery process from last June's flood.

As many remember, the flooding that struck the valley in 2008 left more than 4,000 people with FEMA applications, and hundreds without clothing, food and shelter for months.

The program, which is nationally sponsored by Deloitte, will run in several communities throughout the nation, including Detroit, Biloxi, Miss., Houston, Texas, and New Orleans.

Participants will begin arriving to Terre Haute Thursday and will work through Friday, March 13.

The participants will tear down entire houses, rebuild interiors of homes, help organize and clean the WVLTDRC offices and warehouse, and will collect and manage video footage, photographs and success stories of families affected by the floods.

The participants will be hosted by Indiana State University -- Center for Public Service and Community Engagement.

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