College students spending spring break with Habitat for Humanity



STATESVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2017)— A dozen students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are forgoing a week at the beach and instead spending their spring break building an affordable Habitat for Humanity home in Statesville, as part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program.

Students will be working on a house in Partnership Way, a neighborhood built by Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Our Towns Habitat works to provide permanent affordable housing solutions in Iredell and North Mecklenburg counties.

MCPHS students will spend five days, March 6-10, working on the house at 1105 Partnership Way. By the end of the week, construction on the house will be nearly complete. Tasks assigned to the group include painting, vinyl siding, installing laminate flooring, interior trim and hardware and landscaping.

Local churches and individuals host students during their trip. First Presbyterian Church is providing lodging and several of the groups meals, while Western Avenue Baptist, First Baptist Church and Fairview Baptist are also providing meals. Individual Our Towns Habitat supporters, including Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh, will also open their homes to provide students with dinner during their stay.

“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.”

A second Collegiate Challenge will be building with Our Towns Habitat the following week, March 13-17. That group of eight students from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., will work on a home at the Poole Place neighborhood in Cornelius, as well as tackle projects at the Our Towns Habitat office.

Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program has engaged students 16 years of age and older to spend one week volunteering on a local Habitat construction or community project. Nearly 240,000 students have volunteered a week of their time and donate more than $28 million to support Habitat’s work in local communities.

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Author: WSIC editor