Record Number of Students to Spend Spring Break Building Homes with Habitat for Humanity
Americus, Ga. - March 1, 1999 - Habitat for Humanity International's Collegiate Challenge  program has a record number of participants signed up to help build houses with those in need. More than 7,500 high school and college students are preparing to perform volunteer labor instead of vacationing during their spring breaks.
Collegiate Challenge: Spring Break '99 will run from Feb. 14 through April 10, 1999, providing students an alternative break -- building simple, decent homes with those in need. For this years program, students from more than 300 colleges and universities and more than 50 high schools and youth groups will work at 150 sites nationwide.
"I learned that poverty does not discriminate," said Krista Formo from Concordia College, after her Collegiate Challenge experience. "Working with Habitat throughout college has given me the motivation and desire to dedicate a section of my life -- for the rest of my life -- to volunteerism."
Students are helping themselves and their own community as they help others build new homes, new hope and new lives. The majority of the students involved with the Collegiate Challenge program are active members of their campus chapter or local affiliate. This program gives the students the opportunity to bring back skills, experiences and enthusiasm to share with the rest of their affiliate.
Collegiate Challenge is a year-round program, coordinated through the Campus Chapters and Youth Programs department at Habitat for Humanity International, in Americus, Ga. The major event spans eight weeks between February and April, when most students are on spring break.
In addition to donating their time and energy to help build houses, students help raise funds to build the homes they are constructing as well as future homes the affiliates will build. This year the students have pledged to raise more than $700,000.
AmeriCorps*NCCC is working with the Habitat for Humanity International Collegiate Challenge: Spring Break '99 program. Members will be at seven different sites throughout the country providing critical organizational skills to the volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 60 other countries around the world.