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Habitat for Humanity will host college students

By From staff reports
Published in News on February 2, 2014 1:50 AM

More than 200 student volunteers will be hammering, lifting and drilling for the Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne this March as part of Habitat's national alternative to the spring break, the Collegiate Challenge.

"We are grateful for them volunteering their time with us. Their efforts will help to build better futures in our own backyard and provide participants with a very memorable experience," Krystal Williams, Habitat's assistant external relations leader, said.

The Collegiate Challenge program engages student volunteers across the nation. By using winter and spring breaks, Habitat organizations will use thousands of volunteers in 200 locations. In the past 25 years, more than 200,000 student volunteers have worked with the national program.

Locally, students will be helping out with two house builds on Carriage Road in Goldsboro close to the intersection of Ash Street and U.S. 70 during the weeks between March 2 and April 5.

A total of 32 students will volunteer during the first week, 62 on the week starting March 9, 83 on the week starting March 16, 32 on the week starting March 23 and 12 on the final week.

The 221 student volunteers come from 14 colleges around the country. None of them are from North Carolina.

To house the students, the local Habitat is asking local organizations to help out. The Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne is looking for volunteer organizations, churches, businesses or community members that would be willing to house and feed the groups during the five-week period.

To provide a lunch or to host a group, contact the External Relations department at 919-736-9592 or visit the Habitat website at www.habitatgoldsboro.org/#!volunteer/c27j.

"This is the 10th time hosting students during their spring break," Mrs. Williams said. "We are truly appreciative of their efforts. Their work will help low-income families in need obtain safe, decent and affordable homes."

Beside the two being built this March with student volunteers, Habitat is planning five more homes for 2014. Since its organizing in 2001, the Habitat for Humanity Goldsboro-Wayne has built a total of 56 homes for qualified families.