Northern Kentucky Leadership Institute Hosts Fifth Alternative Spring Break

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NKU students volunteering in Auxier, KY during spring break

April 15, 2019 — Northern Kentucky Leadership Institute (NKLI) invited students to spend their spring break giving back to the community. Thirty NKU students traveled to the Appalachian community of Auxier, KY to rebuild homes and complete other home improvement projects.

NKU students totaled 360 service hours during spring break in March. As part of the renovations, students replaced drywall and insulation, built sidewalks and assembled a new wooden porch.

“I have attended the Empowerment Retreat for four years now, and I love it more and more each year. Getting the chance to go out into Eastern Kentucky and make a difference in people's lives is always a privilege I am thankful I get to have,” said Nick Peace, NKU student volunteer. “Working with the wonderful folks at Hand in Hand Ministries and meeting the families you are helping is truly life changing.”

This was NKLI’s fifth year traveling to the Auxier area to volunteer. NKLI partnered with Hand in Hand Ministries as part of its annual Empowerment Retreat.

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“I really enjoyed the Empowerment Retreat because it helped me focus solely on helping others and letting my worries away. I highly encourage the retreat for anyone who is looking to do hands on service while also getting to know those who you’re serving,” said TJ Cleary, NKU student volunteer.  

In addition to the NKLI retreat, the university’s Office of Student Engagement holds monthly “Service on Saturday” events to encourage students to give back to their community. Visit its website for more details.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit