Team Building over Spring Break: Habitat Breaks Ground in Georgia

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Continuing a 15-year tradition of service, members of the Washington College Habitat for Humanity club drove to Georgia on March 9 and spent their spring break week building homes as part of the Columbus area’s Collegiate Challenge.
Hosted by the Columbus Area Habitat and NeighborWorks of Columbus, the Challenge also drew teams from University of Pittsburgh, University of Western Kentucky, and Emory & Henry College.

The Washington College team of 29 students and four staffers was assigned to construct two homes on Columbus’s 22nd Street. They cheerfully accepted the conditions, working through sun, wind, and rain, and sleeping on the gym floor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. The team spent down time eating donated ice cream, enjoying the facilities at the Columbus State University Recreation Center, and watching stand-up comedy.

At week’s end, the team had taken their houses from slab to shingle, finishing more work than organizers had planned. They left with deepened dedication to bettering the lives of others through service. See washcoll.edu to find photo galleries of the 2014 trip. They worked during the days relentlessly through the sun, wind, and rain, and slept at night on the gym floor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. The team spent its down time enjoying free ice cream, the facilities at the Columbus State University Recreation Center and a comedy standup routine. When the week ended, the team had finished more of the two houses than intended, and they left with deepened dedication to bettering the lives of others through such community service.

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