Habitat for Humanity 2018
Habitat for Humanity strives to provide everyone a decent place to live. UMass Amherst Habitat is a campus chapter that works closely with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity to build homes locally. Each year during Spring Break, we broaden our horizons and aspire to help a community in need around the US by participating in the Collegiate Challenge. This year, 22 UMass students will be driving to Valdosta, Georgia to help the local Habitat for Humanity build homes for a week. We have had an incredible experience in the past and are looking forward to it again this year!
This Spring Break service trip (3/9 - 3/18) is one of the most rewarding events for our club all year. We drive in two 12-passenger vans and sleep on the floors of various churches and schools during the week. It is an empowering and humbling trip, but most of all a learning experience. As a group of students that has never met before comes together to build in a community, we learn together about ourselves and about the communities we are so generously accepted into. It is a wonderful opportunity to completely immerse ourselves in the mission of Habitat: fighting substandard housing. We have been able to work alongside future homeowners, often times meeting their children and getting the privilege to hear their stories. Many of the communities we work with have been hit hard by natural disasters: flooding in Georgia and tornadoes in Oklahoma. The opportunity to help rebuild a community, both physically and socially, is life changing.
Not only do the communities we work with benefit from the labor we provide during the week, we as students gain confidence and skills. We have learned everything from how to effectively work as a team to put a roof on (harder than it sounds) to how to cook and feed 22 people at once. We learn from Habitat supervisors and other students construction skills that range from using a hammer properly, to putting up siding in a straight line (MUCH harder than it sounds). Most of all, we bring the spirit of community and giving back to UMass with us.
In order to continue to do this work, UMass Habitat for Humanity is asking for your help. Our club runs entirely on fundraising, and the Spring Break trip is our largest expense of the year. We are asking for any support you can give to us. The money will go towards paying for our rental vans, gas, and Collegiate Challenge fees. As we have worked tirelessly all year to make this trip happen, the students of UMass Habitat THANK YOU!
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