Phenix City, Alabama March 15-19, 2011 – Endicott College students will help families obtain simple, decent and affordable housing during their spring break with Habitat for Humanity in Phenix City. The students are participants in Habitat’s national alternative break program, Collegiate Challenge.
“This is Endicott’s eighth time traveling during spring break to help families obtain affordable housing,” said Lauri Rawls, Director of Community Service. “We are delighted to be of service to communities.”
The group of 21 students will travel to Phenix from March 12-19. To be chosen, students went through a selection process including informational meetings, an application and multiple essays. Aside from their enthusiasm and energy, a part of making this trip possible is monetary funds. As participants they have made the commitment to partake in fundraising projects such as a 50-50 raffle, food delivery, and a “Stop the Beat” event, as well as individually soliciting donations to achieve a team fundraising goal of $15,000.
For the past 22 years, more than 182,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering across the country through this Habitat for Humanity program.
“We recognize that these students could have done a number of things during their spring break and are grateful for their support to help families obtain affordable housing,” said Cody Logsdon, Habitat’s manager of youth volunteer engagement at Habitat for Humanity. “The work these students will do during their spring break will have a lasting impact in communities across the country.”
Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s work. Since 2007, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs, with a sponsorship commitment of more than $1.1 million in grants each year. Additionally, State Farm offices contribute more than $500,000 annually to Habitat affiliates across the United States.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.
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