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Iowa spring breakers to stay home and help flood victims

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Hundreds of Iowa spring breakers will surf around Cedar Rapids helping flood victims instead of partying on beaches in California and Mexico.

The East Central Iowa United Way Volunteer Center is working with nearly 600 volunteers throughout the month of March to help with post-flood clean-up.

Schools and groups across the country are helping with promoting an "Alternative Spring Break" where faculties, staff, students and other community members contribute their Spring Break working make a difference in the community.

About 150-200 volunteers a day will be working on mucking/gutting homes and other rebuilding projects. The majority of the volunteers will be in Cedar Rapids during the week of March 14 and the week of March 21.

Groups are expected from University of Iowa, University of Iowa Law, Iowa State University, along with out-of-state groups from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

University of Iowa President, Sally Mason and her husband, Ken, will join the 100 volunteers from the University of Iowa for spring break clean-up on Tuesday, March 17.

If you want to help, contact the Volunteer Center at (319) 540-4810. Volunteer Center hours are 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday and 8 am - Noon, Saturday. The Volunteer Center is located at 220 6th Street NW in Cedar Rapids.

If you are participating in one of these projects, please send your stories and photos that we can share with others to

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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