VFC Alternative Break Program

 

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Volunteers working & playing during VFC's Alternative Spring Break in March 2013!

SERCAP's VFC Alternative Break Program is a unique project which matches college student volunteers with communities in need of assistance with water and wastewater system improvements or economic development projects. These volunteers assist in a variety of ways such as painting houses and other buildings, digging trenches and laying pipes, and rehabilitating and weatherizing houses.

Since its inception in 1987, VFC volunteers from colleges and universities accross the country have served in over 50 communities in six states in the southeast region. The VFC program leverages thousands of volunteer service hours at a rate of $23.07 per volunteer hour*. During this past program cycle the fiscal impact exceeded $200,000 in volunteer labor between the students and the community volunteers.

The students frequently comment that they were the real beneficiaries of the experience. They regard their short period of volunteerism as invaluable and life-changing. Not only do the volunteers make lasting contributions they have a lasting effect of the community at large.

*Note: The dollar value of volunteer time is $23.07 per hour for 2014. The value of volunteer time is based on the average hourly earnings of all nonagricultural workers as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information on this program, contact Ashton Fallen at afallen@sercap.org.

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