Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity: My Spring Break

Over spring break, I had the oppor­tu­nity to travel with a group of nine other UWS stu­dents to Ten­nessee to vol­un­teer with Loudon County’s Habi­tat for Human­ity. At times the trip was a lit­tle awk­ward, but the work we did made it all worth it in the end. Some col­lege kids may have been get­ting ham­mered, but we got to wield sledge­ham­mers, so I per­son­ally think we win there.
Our job for the week was to help a group with demo­li­tion so they could remodel the house and pre­pare the house for a fam­ily to move into. The three bed­room house quickly became one open room as we all ripped down walls and even the ceil­ing so in a cou­ple of days, all that was left was the support.

The guys we worked along side of were some of the nicest peo­ple I have ever met in my life. They were incred­i­bly thank­ful for the work that we were doing and were even sur­prised at how quickly we were accom­plish­ing it. We fin­ished the work that they thought would take the week to do in about three days. Appar­ently we were a very destruc­tive group but for once, that was a good thing.
To keep us busy again, we ended up work­ing on site at a small sub­urb area called Hope Haven where all of the houses were built by Habi­tat for Human­ity vol­un­teers. They had just fin­ished build­ing their one hun­dredth house and the fam­ily would be mov­ing in the day after we left. Unfor­tu­nately, we missed the new fam­ily but the ones already liv­ing there were also incred­i­bly friendly and thank­ful for our work.
At times, I was a lit­tle appre­hen­sive of the other nine peo­ple I was work­ing and stay­ing with but they quickly grew on me. Even though there were a few times of ten­sion, I came back with some new friends know­ing that we had accom­plished some­thing great over our spring break and actu­ally helped change the lives of oth­ers for the bet­ter. If this sounds like some­thing you would be inter­ested in, the Alter­na­tive Spring Break group is who you should contact.

Image cour­tesy of Cas­san­dra Repinski
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