Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity: My Spring Break

Cassandra Repinski
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.

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