Collegiate Challenge Groups Use Spring Break for Service

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Collegiate Challenger volunteer

Twenty students from two New England colleges decided to give up a week at the beach and instead spend their spring break building affordable homes with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, as part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program.

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences sent a team of 12 students from March 6-10 to work on building a home in our Partnership Way neighborhood in Statesville. The group worked on painting, installing laminate flooring and tile, and installing vinyl siding on the home’s exterior.

A second group of eight women from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut spent the week of March 13-17 building sub-assemblies in our Cornelius Poole Place neighborhood, completing interior work on the Partnership Way home, and building saw horses for use in future builds.

In both groups, many of the students had previous experience building with Habitat—either with their local Habitat affiliate or on a previous Collegiate Challenge trip.

“We are blessed to have these students with a heart for service, who are willing to sacrifice their spring break period and build with us,” said Executive Director Dr. Jeff Porter. “Every hand can help build a home. We are energized by their passion to do God’s work with us, as we partner with future homeowners to build a strong foundation for the future.”

The work of both teams was supported by many other supporters and volunteers behind the scenes. Students were housed by local churches during their stay (First Presbyterian Church of Statesville and Davidson College Presbyterian Church) and fed by Our Towns Habitat homeowners, board members and volunteers, by numerous local churches, by Davidson College and even the Mayor of Statesville, Costi Kutteh, provided dinner one evening. The Statesville and Lake Norman YMCAs also pitched in by providing shower facilities.