Published on March 21st, 2013 | by Mimi McKee0
College Students Use Spring Break to Help Build Futures
This month the Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity welcomed college students who volunteer during their spring break week to help build a better future for those in need. This year students from the Habitat for Humanity chapters of the University of Georgia, Auburn University, Clemson University, Penn State and the University of Illinois are involved.
The volunteers are constructing a three bedroom/two bath wood-framed single family home located at 3025 Woodland Ave. in Edgewater. On March 13, 10 students from the University of Georgia worked along side Southeast Volusia Chapter volunteers including Ray Allnutt, Construction Manager of Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity.
Lisa Dinh, 19, UGA Habitat volunteer stated, “this is an awesome opportunity to volunteer and is a very cost effective spring break for college students. In the morning, you are building and learning very applicable things and during free time you can spend time at the beach.” Dinh has a long relationship with Habitat for Humanity as she helped co-found her local high school’s chapter. “Habitat is such an accessible organization for students, like us, who are a little more fortunate, to help out those who may not have the means for a place to call home,” stated Dinh.
A few houses south, students from the University of Illinois were helping complete the first five bedroom home Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity has built in the area located at 3414 Woodland Ave., Edgewater. The students were able to work with some of the family members who will be living in home once it’s complete.
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are recycled into revolving “Fund for Humanity” used to build more homes.
Browse our photos below for photos of the event:
Featured picture above: UGA Habitat volunteers, Shivani Vakharia, 19, Belinda Li, 20, Anna Quach, 20, Nhi Vu, 20, Arjun Patel, 20, Lisa Dinh, 19, Eugenie Cho, 20, Ashley Rattanawan, 20 and Miranda Burke, 19