Americus, GA.- June, 23 2000 - Three diverse groups of high school students from cities across the country are redefining summer vacation by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity International. These students will participate in a HFHI's Summer Youth Blitz 2000. One group of students will build in one of North Carolina's oldest towns, Tarboro, June 17-30. Another group will build in Anniston, Ala., July 8-21 and the final group will build in The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago July 22- August 4.
The Summer Youth Blitz brings together economically advantaged and disadvantaged 16-18-year-old students from churches, high schools and youth organizations to blitz-build an entire house in two weeks. During the day, the participants work together to raise walls and swing hammers to help a family build their own home. In the evenings the students meet to address issues of social and cultural barriers and stereotypes. An important goal of the program is to help young people acknowledge their diversities, appreciate them and learn to work together to eliminate poverty housing.
The builds in North Carolina and Alabama are sponsored by The Pritzker-Cousins Foundation and the build in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is sponsored by the Kerrigan Charitable Foundation.
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 1,941 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 85,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.