Spring breakers unite to build homes with Habitat for Humanity of Martin County

Monday, March 2, 2009

Spring breakers unite to build homes with Habitat for Humanity of Martin County


Stuart, Florida, March 1, 2009 More than 25 students from Florida Atlantic University, 18 students from The University of Southern Indiana, 17 from Virginia Tech, and 14 students from Westfield State College in Massachusetts  will travel to Martin County for their spring break to build Habitat for Humanity houses.  The students are participants of Collegiate Challenge, a Habitat for Humanity program that provides year-round opportunities for youth to use their vacations to help build homes.    These students will help build three houses during the weeks of March 2-20, 2009 in Martin County.


“We truly appreciate the work of these youth volunteers,” said Ebonie Reid, director of volunteer programs.  “They are making a difference in our community by helping families in need obtain safe, decent and affordable homes.”


This spring break marks the 20th anniversary of the Collegiate Challenge program, and more than 12,000 students will travel to 200 locations to build houses through the program.  Throughout its 20-year history, more than 166,000 students have participated in Collegiate Challenge, raising more than $15.5 million.  This year alone, Collegiate Challenge participants will contribute $1.8 million.   


Collegiate Challenge is one of the many Habitat for Humanity youth programs designed to capture the energy and hope of young people worldwide to involve them as leaders in the work of Habitat for Humanity.


Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that extends the opportunity to purchase simple, decent, affordable homes to local families who would not otherwise have that chance.  Three key resources are necessary in order to make homeownership a reality for Habitat partner families:  funds, volunteers and advocacy.


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