5,000 students will spend their spring break working alongside Habitat homeowners in local communities
ATLANTA (March 8, 2017) — More than 5,000 college and high school students will spend their spring break this year helping people in need of a decent and affordable place to call home. The students will travel to 35 U.S. states to help build homes and improve local communities through Habitat for Humanity’s alternative spring break program, Collegiate Challenge.
“Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program offers a tangible way for students to improve local communities and work alongside Habitat homeowners to help them build a better future,” said Mark Andrews, vice president of Volunteer and Institutional Engagement at Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re grateful for their hard work, which will have a lasting impact on the students and in hundreds of communities nationwide.”
This month, students will volunteer in 142 communities and donate more than $1 million toward Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
For more than 25 years, Habitat for Humanity has provided alternative school break volunteer opportunities to high school and college students through its Collegiate Challenge program. The unique one-week volunteer program is offered year-round. Since 1989, nearly 256,000 students have participated in the program and donated more than $28.1 million to support Habitat’s work in local communities across the U.S.
Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge is one of several opportunities for the next generation of leaders to engage in Habitat’s work. For more information or to register for a Collegiate Challenge event, visit habitat.org/volunteer/travel-and-build/collegiate-challenge.
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.