Out of state college students volunteering with Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity

March 9, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following is a press release from Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity.

70 students from six different universities across the United States and Canada will help build homes and improve the community during their spring break as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program.


Various student groups will spend a week volunteering with Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. Collegiate Challenge began March 6th and will continue through April 1st.


Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for help keeping these groups fed during their volunteering, if any local restaurants would like to help in these efforts please the office and ask for Jamie.


In total, Habitat for Humanity organizations across the U.S. will host 7,500 college and high school students in 182 communities as part of the 2017 Habitat Collegiate Challenge.


“Our Collegiate Challenge program unites students from across the country with the common goal of helping people who are ready to build a better life for themselves and their families,” said Maureen O’Leary, Habitat for Humanity International’s associate director of youth and young professional engagement. “Every hand helps Habitat homeowners build a foundation they need for a brighter future. We’re grateful to the thousands of students who choose to spend their spring break volunteering with Habitat. With our help, Habitat homeowners have the opportunity to build what we all deserve – a decent place to live.”


Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program has engaged students 16 years of age and older to spend one week volunteering on a local Habitat construction or community project. Nearly 240,000 students have volunteered a week of their time and donated over $28 million to support Habitat’s work in local communities.


Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge is one of  several programs Habitat established to engage the next generation of leaders in Habitat’s work. For more information or to register for a Habitat Collegiate Challenge event, visit http://www.habitat.org/youthprograms/collegiate-challenge


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