Visiting college students spend spring break in Victoria

March 6, 2015 at 11:06 p.m.
Updated March 6, 2015 at 11:48 p.m.

Fourteen Carnegie Mellon University students will travel from Pittsburgh to Victoria during their spring break to volunteer with Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity. The students will help build homes and improve the communities the week of March 9 as part of Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program.

"We are very blessed that Carnegie Mellon's Habitat Campus Chapter chose Victoria to serve during their spring break. In addition to the time and talents they are committing to our affiliate, they are also sponsoring this Youth United Build financially.

It's so encouraging to see students show such a vested interest in Habitat, because that's our future. The next generation of volunteers and donors are already catching "Habititis" fever," said Rebekah Logan, Habitat's Youth United coordinator.

The university will continue the framing of House No. 87 and provide much-needed hands at the ReStore.

First United Methodist Church is hosting as their home for the week and many other local individuals and companies have stepped up to provide their breakfasts and lunches, even air mattresses.

Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities.

Since 1989, almost 240,000 college and high school students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating more than $25 million to Habitat affiliates.

"Collegiate Challenge engages thousands of students each year who work diligently toward improving communities and building decent, affordable housing," said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International's vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement."We're grateful to them for supporting our mission and help families realize their dream of home ownership. Communities will benefit from their hard work for years to come."

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage the next generation of leaders in Habitat's work.

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Youth and young adults ages 5-25 can serve in Youth United program.

University of Houston-Victoria students can get involved in the effort to begin a Campus Chapter locally.

And the newest program is Habitat Young Professionals, which allows socially conscious adults to come together to support Habitat's mission of ending poverty housing.



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