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More than 90 Volunteers will head to six cities this week to lend a hand to populations in need during the Alternative Fall Break program offered through UT’s Center for Leadership and Service.

The groups depart Thursday, October 5, and return on Sunday, October 8.

Since 1993, UT’s Alternative Break program has offered students the opportunity to spend their fall and spring breaks engaged in community service projects meant to increase their awareness of social issues and strengthen the communities served. The trips, held during UT’s fall and spring breaks, are one way the center works to fulfill its mission of educating and engaging all students to lead and serve in the global community.

Here’s a look at the work students will be doing:

Memphis: Students will work with children in low socioeconomic areas in the city. The group will serve at Streets Ministries, Youth Villages, Las Americas, and the Refugee Empowerment Program.

Greensboro, North Carolina: Students will work with organizations that seek to provide healthy and frequent meals to thousands of struggling families, including Out of the Garden, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the City of Highpoint Library.

Atlanta: Students will learn about human trafficking issues facing the Atlanta community by serving at Covenant House, Hands on Atlanta, and City of Light.

Birmingham: Students will serve the homeless and those affected by poverty at Firehouse Ministries, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Disabled American Veterans Facility, and Red Mountain Park.

Charlotte: Students will examine modern gender roles and how they are created by serving at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, which provides support services and emergency shelter for men experiencing homelessness.

Cincinnati: Students will travel to a Cincinnati to serve youth affected by homelessness at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, Brighton Center, and the Peaslee Neighborhood Center.

Knoxville: Students who are in the Leadership Knoxville Scholars program also will have the opportunity to serve the Knoxville community during fall break. The program is an intensive two-year leadership development and community immersion program offered through the Center for Leadership and Service.

This year’s fall break service immersion experience involves serving today and tomorrow with Love Kitchen, the Wesley House, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, the Children’s Center, and the Harmony Family Center.


Katherine Saxon (865-974-8365,