East Carolina University students will travel to Washington, North Carolina, during fall break to volunteer with local nonprofit organizations and aid recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence.

The three-day trip, offered by the ECU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, includes 25 hours of community service and a chance to learn how area leaders design the change they want to see in their communities.

ECU’s alternative break experiences include a variety of locations and emphases. Past experiences range from community gardening at home in Greenville to youth work as far away as Northern Ireland. Washington was chosen as a new alternative break location because organizers wanted to focus on regional transformation and help areas close to the university, according to the CLCE.

“We are excited to expose our students to local communities within the region to learn more about how leaders and community members are creating positive social change. Although Hurricane Florence shifted our focus a little, it is another opportunity for students to learn how local communities can come together in times of natural disasters and lead eastern North Carolina on the road of recovery,” said Nichelle Shuck, CLCE’s associate director.

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Originally published Oct. 4, 2018.