JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students from a university north of Region 8 decided they wanted to spend their Spring Break helping others.
12 students from Central Michigan University are in Jonesboro for the week.
They decided they wanted to travel south and volunteer at local non-profit organizations.
This is part of a student-run program at the university called "Alternative Breaks".
"What we do is we fund raise," Site Leader and Junior Katherine Jabboury explained. "We pick a social issue and we go out for our Spring Break and work in different food banks."
Wednesday the crew was hard at work at Provisions 88 Food Pantry located at the Assembly of God Church.
Jabboury says she loves to volunteer.
"It's better to go out and help someone," Jabboury said. "It's one thing to talk about it. It's another thing to go out and do it. You just learn so much about others and people in different situations and it makes you inspired to want to do more and be a better person."
And Jabboury isn't alone.
Senior Jessica Theis has participated in the volunteer program 5 times and doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.
"I really like volunteering my time and giving back to people," Theis said with a smile. "That's one of my passions, as well as traveling. And the Alternative Breaks program gives me a chance to do both of those."
Theis says if volunteering isn't something you've ever done, you should try it.
"I get a rewarding feeling knowing I'm making a difference," Theis commented. "It gives me a chance to interact with people that I might not normally."
The group has also worked at Helping Neighbors.
Friday they will be volunteering at the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.