WC Habitat Makes a Difference

By Joseph Hood
Elm Staff Writer

The Washington College Habitat for Humanity club’s trip to North Carolina took place during the week of Spring Break, from March 13 through 17.
When asked about how the Habitat for Humanity trip to North Carolina was organized, sophomore Justin Yerkie, the Co-Vice President of the club, described the process.
“Our club has been participating in the spring break collegiate challenge trip for 18 years now, and we work with Habitat for Humanity International to choose an affiliate, or host, organization to travel to and work with for a week,” Yerkie said.
“The overall logistics and planning occur over the course of one year, so we immediately start planning for next year’s trip on the Monday we are back to school.”
“Our real work begins in the fall”, sophomore Katie Peacock, the Fundraising Chair for the club, said.
“This is our biggest event of the year so we put a lot of effort into making it a great trip and memorable experience for our members. Attending the trip were twenty-six students, and one faculty advisor. And as for the work done on this trip, it was nothing short of astounding. This year we did an assortment of things including building walls, installing cabinets, tiling, putting together floor joists, hammering siding, etc,” Peacock said.
Yerkie said, “Monday we worked in a store to collect, clean, and sell donated furniture. Throughout the week we worked on several worksites in Winston-Salem. Our group did both new construction as well as old construction, which included working on rehabilitation of existing houses. This work included repairing floors, steps, and digging trenches for drainage pipes. We built walls, floored, hung cabinets, decks, and siding.”
“We also got the opportunity to work at a food bank and a habitat restore,” Peacock said.
“In addition to this, we volunteered at a local food bank to help assemble pallets of food for distribution within the local community.” Yerkie said.
Peacock said, “Participating in one of our trips gives our Washington College community a glimpse of team building, helping others, trying new things, and our impact on other communities that we usually won’t easily find in Chestertown.”
Yerkie felt similarly about the experience.
“The biggest take away from this trip I would say is that volunteering can be enjoyable and can become a passion and motivation in your life,” he said.

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