March 18th, 2015
Franklin, WV., (March 16, 2015) – This spring break, Almost Heaven, Habitat for Humanity will host 10 groups, a total of 163 students from 9 states, as a part of Habitat for Humanity’s national Collegiate Challenge program. These volunteers will be traveling to Pendleton, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas Counties in order to build houses and hope for these in need. Collectively the students are contributing over $32,000 that will be used to buy the building materials necessary to repair existing homes and to build new ones.
Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program invites students to spend one week working with Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build homes and improve communities. Since 1989, nearly 240,000 college and high school students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating over $25 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the US.
Gabrielle Koval from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia describes her first time volunteering, “This experience has allowed me to help those around me while also furthering my growth as a person. I’ve been humbled to meet members of such a wonderful community where a group of strangers can be welcomed in with such open arms.”
The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat for Humanity has to engage the next generation of leaders in Habitat’s work.
“We’ve been hosting Collegiate Challenge volunteers for 25 years and we use Collegiate Challenge as an opportunity to kick-off our build season,” says Michelle L. Connor, CEO, of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. “The participants that come through Collegiate Challenge’s alternative spring break program are energetic and ready to make an impact in our community. During the five weeks in which we are hosting Collegiate Challenge volunteers we will perform six critical home repairs and bring two new houses to substantial completion. It is a very exciting time of year and we are very thankful for their help.”
About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable housing to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build and renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.