Sure, area college students could spend spring break 2020 partying, however, for the third year in a row, the United Way of Greater Greensboro is asking them to do something more productive and rewarding with their time off from school.

The organization is seeking 12 area students to participate in what it calls “Alternative Spring Break” – a volunteer program that runs from Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6 this year. The students will have to get up earlier than they normally would on spring break. The United Way will be requesting their time from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

The volunteers will spend about half of that time working to help others in the community and the other half touring local businesses.

In a press release regarding the 2020 program, Alexis Wray, a senior at North Carolina A&T State University who took part in the 2018 Alternative Spring Break, stated that it was a highly enlightening way to spend time.

“Participating in United Way’s Alternative Spring Break was a formative experience for me,” Wray said. “Through the program, I saw parts of Greensboro that I had never seen before, made new friends, and learned a lot while having fun and making a difference. I definitely encourage students to apply!”

The United Way is only accepting 12 local college students for the program this year. Those interested should fill out a short application by Friday, Feb. 7 by visiting

The students selected will meet at the United Way office each morning and be driven to the sites where volunteers are needed and later to the businesses being toured.

The United Way provides a breakfast snack and a lunch each day.

The program, of course, comes at no cost to the participants.